Egypt checks on nationals in Qatar after severing ties

Egypt’s Emigration and Expatriates Affairs Minister Nabila Makram checked on Monday on the conditions of Egyptian nationals living in Qatar, hours after Egypt cut diplomatic ties with the Gulf country, a ministry statement read.

The head of the Egyptian community in Qatar, Mohamed El-Iraqy, told Makram that Qatari authorities have so far not taken any measures against Egyptian nationals.

The minister said she is personally monitoring the situation and called on Egyptians in Qatar to call the ministry directly if they have any complains or requests.

Makram also checked to make sure that there are flights from Doha to Cairo by airlines from countries that have not cut ties with Qatar.

Earlier on Monday, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Libya’s eastern-based government, and Yemen’s internationally recognised government announced cutting ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

Qatar has slammed the decision as “unjustified,” saying that the move aimed to put Doha under political “guardianship.”

The Gulf country also stressed that “these measures taken against the state of Qatar will not affect the normal course of life of the citizens and residents of the state.”


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