Selin ATAY-TDO- The Egyptian foreign ministry announced on Wednesday that Egypt and Qatar have agreed to resume diplomatic relations, the Egyptian foreign ministry said on Wednesday. It made Cairo the first to officially do so under an Arab deal to end a long-running dispute with Doha.

“The Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Qatar exchanged, today, January 20, 2021, two official memoranda, in virtue of which the two countries agreed to resume diplomatic relations,” the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement.

The foreign ministry said in a statement that the step taken to restore diplomatic relations between Egypt and Qatar was taken within the framework of the compromise reached at the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Saudi Arabia on January 5.

On Monday January 18, Egypt announced the resumption of flights to Qatar, which had been suspended since 2017 due to the Gulf crisis.

On Monday January 4, Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Ahmed Nasser Mohammed es-Sabah stated that an agreement had been reached for the opening of land, sea and air borders between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. On Tuesday January 5th, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Ferhan Al Saud announced at the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Al-Ula that the countries that embargoed Qatar had restored diplomatic relations with Doha and that the embargo had been lifted.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt agreed earlier this month to restore diplomatic, trade and travel ties severed in 2017 over allegations Qatar supported terrorism. However, Doha repeatedly denied the allegations.

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