Jeddah, Ankara, Cairo- Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shokri said on Tuesday that his country would not forgive or deal with countries supporting and financing terrorism, adding that Qatar has violated all international laws and accords.
During his meeting with Jean Paul Laborde, Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), Shokri said that Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain insist that Doha sticks to the Quartet’s demands as a condition for resuming frozen relations.
“The Arab demands were issued based on Qatar’s violations of the international laws and accords by interfering in the Arab countries’ domestic affairs, and sheltering terrorist leaders and members,” spokesperson of the foreign ministry, Ahmad Abu Zeid said in a press statement Tuesday.
Last month, the Arab Quartet cut their diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and building closer ties with Iran.
Abu Zeid said Shokri reiterated Egypt’s comprehensive strategy to fight terrorism in all its types, based on UN Security Council resolutions and strategies.
The Egyptian minister also highlighted the importance of “standing in one line against the countries that provide aid for the terrorists, who claim the lives of innocent (people) every day.”
Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to arrive in Saudi Arabia on Sunday as part of a Gulf tour, his office announced on Tuesday.
A high-ranking Turkish official told Asharq Al-Awsat that talks between Erdogan and Saudi officials would be topped by the Qatari crisis and means to solve the stalled relations.
“Of course, officials from both sides will also tackle bilateral relations and means to enhance them,” said the source, who wished to remain anonymous.
Erdogan’s visit comes following a marathon of western diplomatic visits, including the US, French, British and German foreign ministers, in an attempt to contain the tension and bring the viewpoints between Qatar and the Anti-Terror Quartet closer.