Egypt insists Qatar meets demands, sanctions to remain


CAIRO, July 17 (Reuters) - Egypt is standing by the list of
demands it and three Gulf Arab countries made of Qatar and will
keep sanctions against Doha in place, Foreign Minister Sameh
Shoukry told his Kuwaiti counterpart on Monday.
    Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt
imposed sanctions on Qatar on June 5, cutting diplomatic and
transport ties with the tiny Gulf monarchy, after accusing it of
financing militant groups and allying with their regional
arch-foe Iran. Doha denies the accusations.
    Kuwait has been leading mediation efforts between Qatar and
the four Arab states boycotting it. Its top diplomat Sheikh
Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah met Shoukry and President Abdel Fattah
al Sisi in Cairo on Monday.
    "The Foreign Minister affirmed to his Kuwaiti counterpart
Egypt's commitment to the list of demands presented to the state
of Qatar and the continuation of sanctions taken against it,"
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement.
    The insistence comes "in light of what the quartet states
see as Qatar's stalling and procrastination, and lack of concern
for the concerns of the four states," he said.
    Shoukry told Sabah the only way the crisis would be resolved
was if Qatar fulfilled the demands, which include curtailing its
support for the Muslim Brotherhood, shutting down the pan-Arab
al Jazeera satellite TV channel, closing a Turkish military base
and downgrading its relations with rival Iran.
    Sisi told Sabah he appreciated what Kuwait'sEmir Sheikh
Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber al-Sabah was doing to preserve Arab
unity but that 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.

 (Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Toby Chopra)
 ((ahmed.aboulenein@thomsonreuters.com; +20 2 2394 8097; Reuters
Messaging: ahmed.aboulenein.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))


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