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Bahrain’s Foreign Minister, Abdul Latif Al-Zayani, criticized Qatar today, Thursday (January 21, 2021) for “not taking any initiative” to solve existing problems with his country, despite this month’s agreement to resolve a three-year dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt agreed this month during the “Al-Ula” summit to restore diplomatic and commercial relations And the travel links that it had cut with Qatar in 2017 due to accusations of supporting terrorism, which Doha denied.

Al-Zayani said, according to a tweet posted by the Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Twitter, “Qatar has not yet shown the Al-Ula summit any initiative to resolve the outstanding issues with Bahrain … and Doha must deal with the requirements of Gulf consensus.” The minister did not give further details about the problems that needed to be solved.

In a related context, the Saudi satellite channel Al Arabiya reported today, quoting Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan, that the Kingdom will reopen its embassy in Doha “within days.” However, the Saudi minister also did not provide any details or information about the date.

On the other hand, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement yesterday that Egypt and Qatar have agreed to resume diplomatic relationsWhat made Cairo the first to do so officially under an Arab agreement that ended a long-running dispute with Doha.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry statement said, “On January 20, the Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Qatar exchanged two official notes, according to which the two countries agreed to resume diplomatic relations between them.”

Meanwhile, Reuters quoted “two Egyptian intelligence sources” as saying that an official from the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs pledged to Egypt during a meeting with officials from Egypt and the UAE on Saturday that Doha would not interfere in Egypt’s internal affairs. The two sources added, and Al-Kalam told Reuters, that he also pledged a change in the direction of the Qatari Al-Jazeera channel and other government media outlets from Cairo.

However, a Qatari official told Reuters on Thursday that no such meeting had taken place and that diplomatic relations had resumed “through written correspondence in accordance with the Al-Ula (summit) agreement,” in Saudi Arabia.

The Qatari Foreign Minister said in televised statements after the announcement of the Arab agreement that Al-Jazeera is an independent media organization.

The two Egyptian intelligence sources, according to Reuters, also said that the officials agreed on economic cooperation and a series of meetings on a number of pending issues, such as Libya and the Muslim Brotherhood, adding that the officials agreed to resume diplomatic relations between Egypt and Qatar, provided that it would be “under test” as one of the sources put it. .

A.H./ A.H. (Reuters)


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