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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Qatari nationals barred from obtaining on-arrival visas in Egypt

Qatari nationals, including diplomats and special passport holders, will no longer be allowed to obtain Egyptian visas on arrival as of next Thursday, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid in a call-in to Massa DMC (runtime: 2:20). They will instead be required to apply for a visa at an Egyptian embassy abroad. Qatari students enrolled at a public university in Egypt, and the wives, husbands, and children of Egyptian nationals, are exempt from the new measure, and will be granted three-month tourist visas. Qatari nationals enjoyed visa-free travel to Egypt prior to the recent break in relations.

This comes as President Abdel Fattah El Sisi insisted that Egypt’s beef with Qatar stands on its interference in domestic affairs of other countries at a meeting yesterday with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sabah Khalid Al-Sabah in Cairo, according to an Ittihadiya statement.

Meanwhile, Qatar is rolling with the Washington Post’s claims that the UAE orchestrated the alleged hack of Qatar’s news agency that put in motion the ongoing regional crisis, Reuters reports. Doha said the UAE’s alleged involvement is “unfortunate” and in violation of agreements between GCC countries, the Associated Press reports. The UAE has maintained that the Washington Post’s report is false and that it did not play any role in the alleged hacking.

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