Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Waly said on Tuesday that the committee formed by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail to follow up with the situation of the Egyptian labour in Qatar after the recent tension is ready to solve any potential problems.
Last Monday, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Yemen, and Libya’s eastern-based government, in addition to the Maldives, cut their ties with Qatar. The six Arab governments accused Qatar of supporting terrorism, supporting Iran, and disturbing security and stability in the region.
During her meeting with the committee, Waly added that the number of Egyptians residing in Qatar is about 250,000 to 300,000. The meeting included the Minister of Manpower and Immigration Nabila Makram, representatives of the ministries of defence, foreign affairs, and interior, as well as representatives of the general intelligence and EgyptAir.
Makram pointed out that the ministry received complains about facilitating air flights to the closest point, Doha. Head of EgyptAir company Sherif Ezzat said that the company is coordinating with other Arab companies in Jordan, Kuwait, and Oman to increase its flights to the city.
The Qatari ministry of interior announced that nationals of countries that cut diplomatic ties with Qatar this week are free to remain in Qatar in line with existing regulations, according to a statement carried by Qatari state news agency QNA on Saturday. “There was no change in policy towards the nationals of brotherly and friendly countries which cut or reduced diplomatic relations following the malicious and hostile campaigns against Qatar,” the Qatari ministry of interior added.