Egypt, Bahrain adopt ‘wait and see’ approach to reconciliation with Qatar

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IslamNews – Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani has recently lashed out at Qatar for not adhering to Al-Ula Declaration, named after the Saudi city where Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt agreed to ease the boycott imposed on Doha since 2017.

In a statement during a virtual intergovernmental parliamentary meeting on Feb. 1, Zayani accused Qatar of ignoring the provisions stated in Al-Ula Declaration, thus preventing the start of a new phase of regional stability.

During the same meeting, the head of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and National Security Committee in the Bahraini parliament, Mohammed al-Buainain, stressed that Bahrain is still showing “goodwill and is committed to the provisions of Al-Ula Declaration concluded in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a step to addressing pending issues with Qatar.”

He noted, however, that Qatar has yet to show seriousness in implementing its obligations.

On the day of the signature of Al-Ula Declaration, on Jan. 5, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement saying that the declaration aims to resolve the crisis with Qatar and comes as part of Egypt’s efforts to promote solidarity among the Arab Quartet. “It is imperative to build on this important step to promote the path of Arab action and to support ties among sisterly Arab countries, stemming from relations based on goodwill and noninterference in the internal affairs of Arab countries,” the statement continued.


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