The Emir’s personal invitation to the meeting in Egypt was sent to the Greek embassy in Doha and was barely an invitation at all.
Qatar has downgraded its delegation attending the Arab League summit after the country’s invitation was sent to the Greek embassy in Doha.
According to Bloomberg, Qatar felt the invitation was “half-hearted” and has caused new friction in the ongoing GCC dispute.
Sources reveal that in a bizarre and unprecedented move, the Emir’s invitation to the meeting in Egypt was sent to the Greek embassy in Doha and was “barely an invitation at all”. In response to the snub, Qatar has downgraded its representation at the meeting of heads of state in Sharm El-Sheikh, which will be attended by European leaders and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.
Egypt joined Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain in severing diplomatic and trade links with Qatar in June 2017. The quarter accused Doha of supporting terrorism and forging close ties with Iran. Qatar has consistently denied the allegations. Despite numerous attempts by the United States and Kuwait to resolve the dispute, the GCC crisis continues.
Egypt broke international protocol in the language and format of the invite received by Qatar. Unlike the other invites sent to Arab heads of states, the invite for Qatar was not addressed to the head of state and was sent to the Greek embassy in Qatar, instead of our permanent representative in the Arab League”, Qatar’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The Qatari statement adds that the letter adds further salt to the wound because “the style of the letter was that of a memo that mentions the summit, rather than a standard official invite.”
Sameh Shoukry, Egypt’s Foreign Minister, said the invitation conformed to the state of relations between the countries. “This is natural because relations have been severed,” he said.
Qatar states that it is fully committed to joint Arab action and to working with its EU partners. “Our policy when it comes to such unprofessional behavior has always been and will always be taking the higher road,” the statement concludes.