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CAIRO - 12 January 2020: Egypt reopened its airspace with Qatar on Tuesday and announced the resumption of flights between the two countries after a 3-year hiatus, according to a local media report.
Egypt’s Minster Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry attended the summit held in Al Ula town and signed the final statement of the 41st Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
The ministry's statement indicated that Egypt is always keen on solidarity among the Arab quartet – Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates – and on joint Arab work in the face of massive threats experienced by the region. The ministry also stressed good intentions as a base for relations among Arab states, and not interfering in each other's internal affairs.
In that context, "Egypt values and appreciates every honest effort made to achieve reconciliation between the quartet and Qatar, primarily the efforts of Kuwait over the past years," the statement reads.
Saudi Arabia announced Monday that it resumed aviation with Qatar as well as opening urban borders with the fellow Gulf state. That came after three years and a half after the Arab quartet severed diplomatic ties with Qatar for funding terrorism. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt cut diplomatic and trade links with Doha in 2017.