Today is the 423 day of the blockade imposed against Qatar by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt.
Sameh Shoukry, Egypt’s foreign minister, said during a meeting with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah in Cairo on Monday that the only way to resolve the Gulf Crisis was for Qatar to comply.
The insistence comes “in light of what the quartet states see as Qatar’s stalling and procrastination, and lack of concern for the concern of the four countries,” said Ahmed Abu Zeid, Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman, said in a statement.
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi also met Sabah al-Khalid on Monday.
Sisi told him he appreciated Kuwait’s mediation in the dispute, but Egypt would not let anyone interfere in its affairs and would stand strong against policies that support “terrorism”, his spokesman Alaa Youssef said in a statement, referring to Egypt’s accusations against Qatar that are denied by Doha.
Also on Monday, the Egyptian foreign ministry said that Cairo would end visa-free entry for Qatari nationals.
The quartet accused Doha of supporting “extremists” – an allegation that Qatar denies.
More than two weeks after the Gulf Crisis began, the blockading countries issued a list of 13 demands that included the closure of Al Jazeera Media Network.
The move was condemned by various international rights organisations, the United Nations and heads of states.