Egypt and Qatar agree to end rift and restore relations

Egypt was part of an Arab quartet that had severed diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar in June 2017.

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A masked traveler prepares to board the first Qatar Airways flight bound for the Egyptian capital of Cairo after the resumption of flights. (Karim Jaafar/AFP)

The Egyptian foreign ministry said that Cairo has agreed to resume the halted diplomatic relations with Doha, in a statement on Wednesday.

The flags of Egypt and Qatar.“The Arab Republic of Egypt and the state of Qatar has exchanged two official notes today, the 20th of January, according to which the two states agreed to resume diplomatic relations,” the statement said.

Egypt was part of an Arab quartet that had severed diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar in June 2017.

The four states – including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain – accused Qatar of supporting ‘terrorism’ and being too ‘friendly’ to Iran and imposed a land, air, and naval blockade.

Qatar has denied the accusations throughout.


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All four countries have now announced the reopening of their airspace to Qatar.

According to official statistics, as many as 300,000 Egyptians call Qatar home, and many could not travel home during the crisis.

On Monday, Qatar and Egypt and the UAE’s first direct flight took to the skies following the end of a three-and-a-half-year regional crisis earlier this month.

Masked travelers board the first Qatar Airways flight bound for Cairo, the capital of Egypt, at Hamad International Airport, near the Qatari capital of Doha. (AFP Photo)

Separately, the Qatari Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, said there was progress in Doha’s dialogue with the UAE.

“There is some communication, and we look forward to continuing the discussion, and we are ready to address any issues that they have with Qatar or Qatar may have with the UAE,” the minister said.

The minister added that direct flights between the UAE and Qatar have already been resumed.

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