Egypt welcomes Saudi call to mend ties with Qatar: Statement

Egypt on Wednesday welcomed a call from Saudi King Abdullah (above) to back an agreement between Gulf Arab states that ended an eight-month dispute over Qatar's backing of Islamist movements and its promotion of Arab Spring revolts. -- PHOTO: AFP
Egypt on Wednesday welcomed a call from Saudi King Abdullah (above) to back an agreement between Gulf Arab states that ended an eight-month dispute over Qatar's backing of Islamist movements and its promotion of Arab Spring revolts. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt on Wednesday welcomed a call from Saudi King Abdullah to back an agreement between Gulf Arab states that ended an eight-month dispute over Qatar's backing of Islamist movements and its promotion of Arab Spring revolts.

"(Egypt) confirms its full response to this honest invitation that represents a big step towards Arab solidarity," a presidential statement said.

The statement did not mention Qatar explicitly, but relations between Cairo and Doha have deteriorated since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, then army chief, removed Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood from power last year following mass protests against his rule.