An official of the Qatar Media Corporation (QMC) has expressed deep regret over the failure of the Egyptian authorities to issue visas to the delegation of Qatar to participate in the meetings of the 91st Ordinary Session of the Standing Committee for Arab Information and the 49th Ordinary Session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Information.
The meetings were scheduled to be held from May 7 to 9 at the headquarters of the League of Arab States in Cairo.
Qatar Media Corporation's Media Consultant Abdulrahman Nasser al-Obaidan told Qatar News Agency on Tuesday that QMC had completed all the procedures required to obtain visas for the members of the delegation to participate in these meetings, but the corporation did not get any official response from the Egyptian authorities in this regard to date, and they were informed of the issuance of only one visa.
Al-Obaidan, head of the Qatar delegation formed to take part in the meetings of the Committee and the Council, confirmed that although visa procedures had been initiated early to ensure participation, the obstruction of Egyptian authorities in the issuance of visas, did not allow the delegation to attend either in the preparatory meeting of the Standing Committee for Arab Information, which began on Monday or the ministerial meeting scheduled for Wednesday.
He pointed out that the Egyptian authorities since the beginning of the unjust blockade are exerting a kind of intransigence in the issuance of visas to the delegations of Qatar, to participate in the meetings of the League of Arab States on the invitations received from the General Secretariat of the Arab League.
In this context, al-Obaidan held the General Secretariat of the Arab League responsible for depriving Qatar of participation in these meetings, adding that the Arab League must take responsibility for the participation of delegations and must take all measures to ensure their attendance.
Al-Obaidan stressed Qatar's keenness to attend and participate actively in all Arab meetings and conferences, especially under the umbrella of the League of Arab States and its affiliate institutions and organisations, in order to support the joint Arab action and enhance Arab coordination and cooperation in various fields.