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Qatari vessels banned from docking at Suez Canal ports: Egyptian official

Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority (SCA) is committed to the state’s decision to ban all Qatari ships to dock in ports within the Suez Canal’s economic zone, chairman of SCA Mohab Mamish said.

In a press statement, Mamish said that all Qatari vessels are banned from harboring at the Suez Canal’s economic zone for national security reasons.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5 and imposed punitive measures, accusing the gas-rich country of “supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs.”

The four Arab countries then issued a list of 13 demands to end rift with Doha including closing Al-Jazeera television and reducing diplomatic ties with Iran.

The Arab quartet confirmed on Friday Qatar’s “intransigence and rejection” to any settlement, adding that the intransigence of Qatar reflects its association with terrorist organizations as well as continued attempts to sabotage and undermine security and stability in the Gulf and the region.

Meanwhile, Mamish said the decision does not include a ban on passing through the canal, as under the Constantinople 1869 agreement it is illegal to ban ships coming from any country from passing through.

The revenues of the zone will not be negatively affected by the ban due to the low number of Qatari ships already docking at the ports.

Egypt’s administration, led by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, is at odds with Qatar for the latter has allegedly supported and hosted fleeing members of the Muslim Brotherhood group, an organization currently blacklisted by the Egyptian government.

The Brotherhood supports former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, who was toppled by the military in July 2013 in response to mass protests.
Source: Xinhua

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