Egypt announces resumption of maritime navigation with Qatar

Egypt announced on Monday the resumption of maritime navigation with Qatar.

Egyptian Ministry of Transport said in a statement that the resumption of the maritime movement comes in light of the commitment of all the Al-Ula Declaration signatories to open all sea, land, and air ports.

Signed earlier this month at the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Saudi Arabia, the Al-Ula Declaration ended a boycott on Qatar by the Arab quartet, which includes Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain.

On January 20, Egyptian Foreign Ministry revealed that Cairo and Doha have exchanged official memoranda on resuming diplomatic relations.

On January 18, the first Egyptian flight took off from Cairo to Doha following the milestone agreement.

In 2017, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar, accusing the oil-rich Gulf state of supporting terrorism and meddling in their internal affairs. Qatar has denied the accusations.