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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Egypt Bans Qatari Ships Docking in Suez Canal

July 9, 2017

 Photo: Suez Canal Authority

Photo: Suez Canal Authority

 The Suez Canal Authority is committed to a ban on allowing Qatari ships to dock in ports within the Suez Canal’s economic zone, Ahram reported as chairman Mohab Mamish saying.

 
In press statements on Friday, Mamish said that Egyptian ban on the ships is being imposed on all ports within the zone based on Egyptian sovereignty over its territorial waters.
 
The decision, however, does not include a ban on passing through the canal, as under the Constantinople 1869 agreement it is illegal to ban ships coming from any country from passing through.
 
Egypt cannot bar Qatari ships from crossing the vital waterway, although the North African country, along with Saudi Arabia and its allies, has severed ties with Qatar, he said.
 
The authority is abiding by the Egyptian government’s decision to cut relations with Qatar, but international treaties prevent Cairo from blocking the waterway to Qatari vessels.
 
Mamish pointed out that the revenues of the canal would not be affected by the ban due to the already low number of Qatari ships that dock in the ports.
 
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