Sunday، 23 October 2016 12:00 AM
On the political level, Egypt - Bahrain relations are unique on the Arab scale. Both have a unified vision concerning the issues in the region. They encourage a Middle East free of mass destruction weapons and agree on applying unified standards on all countries with no exceptions. They also support the Palestinian legitimate struggle, ending occupation and establishing an independent state. Both Egypt and Bahrain seek to maintain Iraqi sovereignty, political independence and unity. The two countries they also promote the exerted efforts to calm the situation in Darfur region and urge the international community to offer the needed support for the Sudanese government to enhance its abilities and face the situation in Darfur.
The FM statement expressed Egypt’s government and people condolences to the Kingdom of Bahrain. It was highlighted in the statement that Egypt supports Bahrain in confronting violence and terrorism. It was also stressed that Egypt trusts the Bahraini government to surpass and face these incidents which aim at terrorizing innocent people and disturb security and stability of the society.
The foreign ministers of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain met in Cairo on July 5, 2017 for consultations over the current efforts being exerted to stop the support that the State of Qatar provides for terrorism and extremism , its interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries and the subsequent threats of the Qatari policies on the Arab national security and international peace and security .
The four countries confirmed their stance which is based on commitment to all international agreements, conventions and resolutions along with the well-established principles of the charters of United Nations, the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and agreements on fighting international terrorism .
The following principles were highlighted :
1- Commitment to fighting terrorism and extremism in all their forms and preventing their funding or providing safe havens for terrorists
2- Stopping all acts of instigation and the discourse of hatred or violence
3- Full commitment to Riyadh agreement for the year 2013 and its supplementary agreement and its mechanism of implementation for the year 2014 within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council
4- Commitment to the outcome of the Arab-Islamic-American Summit that was held in Riyadh in May 2017 .
5- Stopping interference in the internal affairs of other countries and stopping supporting outlawed entities
6- All countries of the international community are responsible for fighting all forms of terrorism and extremism as they constitute a threat to international peace and security
The four Arab countries confirmed that supporting terrorism and extremism and interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries do not tolerate any bargaining or procrastination. The demands that were presented to Qatar came within the framework of guaranteeing commitment to the six principles that were above mentioned and for protecting the Arab national security and maintaining the international peace and security along with fighting terrorism and extremism. These demands are also meant to provide a suitable atmosphere for hammering out a political settlement to regional crises as it became impossible to tolerate the destructive role undertaken by the State of Qatar.