In the first meeting of its kind between the two sides, a Qatari and Egyptian delegation met today, Tuesday, in the State of Kuwait, to discuss joint mechanisms and procedures. To implement the statement of the Al-Ula summit that was held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia last January.
This follows a similar meeting yesterday, Monday, in Kuwait, which also gathered Qatari officials with officials from the Emirates to discuss the same matter.
The official Qatar News Agency, “Qena”, published a statement in this regard, saying: “Two official delegations from the State of Qatar and the Arab Republic of Egypt. They hold their first meeting in the State of Kuwait.
Two official delegations from the State of Qatar and the Arab Republic of Egypt hold their first meeting in the State of Kuwait to lay down the mechanisms and procedures for the future phase, after the Al-Ula summit statement in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia issued on the fifth of January 2021.
– Qatar News Agency (@QatarNewsAgency)
And she continued on his official Twitter page, according to what Watan monitored, that this comes to lay down “mechanisms and procedures for the future stage after the Al-Ula summit statement.” In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia issued on the fifth of January 2021.
For its part, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a statement in this regard saying: “Two official delegations from the Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Qatar were held. Today in the State of Kuwait their first meeting to set the mechanisms and procedures for the future phase, after the Al-Ula summit statement in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia issued on January 5, 2021.
The statement, which was published by the ministry on its official Facebook page, continued: “The two sides welcomed the measures taken by both countries after the signing. On the Al-Ula statement as a step on the path to building confidence between the two brotherly countries.
According to Al-Ban, which was monitored by (Watan), the meeting discussed the necessary means and measures to be taken to enhance the joint work process. And the bilateral relations between the two countries, in a way that achieves the aspirations of their peoples for security, stability and development.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry statement continued: “The two sides expressed appreciation to the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting the last Gulf summit. Which culminated in the issuance of the statement of AlUla.
The two sides thanked the sisterly State of Kuwait for hosting the first meeting between them, and expressed appreciation to His Highness Sheikh. Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait, for the efforts that his country has led to heal the rift and its keenness to promote joint Arab action.
Analysts considered this a major victory for Qatari diplomacy, which has imposed itself on the scene.
As the unjust blockade countries were forced to submit to Qatar and restore relations with it without implementing any of the 13 conditions alleged. Which the blockading countries insisted on implementing by Doha for the sake of peace.
Yesterday, Monday, two Qatari and Emirati delegations met in the State of Kuwait to discuss joint mechanisms and procedures. To implement the AlUla summit statement. Which was held in Saudi Arabia last January.
The first meeting of its kind
The two sides discussed how and the mechanism of implementing the political agreement concluded between them. Which means the end of the era of political discord that has extended since 2017.
The two sides stressed the importance of preserving Gulf cohesion and developing joint Gulf action.
And that is in the interest of all the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
The two sides also stressed the need to work by all means to enhance stability and prosperity in the region.
They also stressed the importance of the role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in hosting the last forty-one Gulf summit, which culminated in the declaration of the end of the Gulf dispute.
To this, the Qatari and Emirati sides expressed their sincere thanks to Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait.
This is in appreciation of his efforts, which are appreciated and respected, in order to reach a Gulf reconciliation formula, and in support of the march of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
It is noteworthy that on January 5, 2021, the Arab Gulf states woke up to declare the end of the era of blockade and boycott. Launched by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Bahrain, along with Egypt, against Qatar.
It is alleged that it provides support to terrorism and opposition organizations that threaten the stability of Arab countries.
Doha denied all the accusations directed against it by the Arab parties, stressing that it was proceeding according to the combined Gulf and Arab will.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt announced the reopening of air and land fields to Qatar, nearly four years after they were banned.
The UAE media does not stop
Since the Al-Ula agreement was signed on January 5, the UAE-backed media machines have launched numerous campaigns against the State of Qatar and its Al-Jazeera channel.
The Emirati media and its electronic army have challenged the Gulf reconciliation agreement, through social media, trying as much as possible to minimize it and its results.
In addition, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain still need to resolve many issues and files with Qatar.
Whereas, until now, there are violations that are taking place against Qatar, with the participation of the media of these countries.
Lack of confidence persists
The French newspaper “Le Figaro” confirmed that despite the end of the Gulf crisis and the declaration of the blockading countries, things will return to their previous state. Three and a half years ago; However, the lack of confidence did not suddenly disappear, especially between Qatar on the one hand, and the UAE and Egypt on the other.
The French newspaper asked about the possibility of the UAE reopening its airspace to Qatari planes, saying: “Despite the confirmation of the final statement. The Al-Ula summit in Saudi Arabia on the return of full relations between Qatar and the boycotting countries and respect for the principles of good neighborliness. However, mistrust still exists, especially since the roots of tension have not been addressed.
What happened was the easing of tension
The French newspaper considered that what happened was the easing of tension, more than a wide-ranging regional reconciliation, while political researcher Barbara Slavin was quoted as saying: “I doubt that we are witnessing a sudden intensification of cooperation between the Gulf states that have failed even to make their military capabilities compatible since Forty years ago, which had different interests and policies towards external forces.
The UAE is the loser
The newspaper also quoted De Pimodan, an analyst at the Research Institute for European and American Studies, as saying that the UAE is the loser. Because it has invested too much in the media against Qatar.
Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain
In the context, the French newspaper indicated that the advisor to the outgoing US President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, who is considered the architect of this agreement, pressed for Cairo, Abu Dhabi and Manama to follow Riyadh’s example.
The newspaper indicated that this pressure prompted the Saudi Foreign Minister, Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, to announce the approval of the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt to restore full contact with Qatar.
And she considered that for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is one of the great supporters of Donald Trump, this beginning of reconciliation relieves US President-elect Joe Biden from a crisis between the allies of the United States, fifteen days before he entered the White House. In doing so, he provides a service to the next US president, who intends to remind the Saudi crown prince of the human rights file.
Normalization of the Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco
“Le Figaro” believed that the diplomatic breakthrough achieved at the Gulf summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, is likely to be a diplomatic success. The last for the administration of Donald Trump, after the normalization agreements of the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco with Israel.
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