Egypt ‘bans Qatar flights’

Egypt will begin its ban on flights to and from Qatar on Tuesday morning, the Civil Aviation Ministry told Reuters news agency.

Qatari flights will also not be allowed to pass through Egypt’s airspace, the ministry said.

Egypt is among a bloc of countries that have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, saying the country backs terrorism.

Now the Egypt Independent reports that the Central bank of Egypt has had to come out to clarify it has not ordered banks to halt transactions in Qatari Riyals.

“Several Egyptian banks had halted dealings with Qatari banks earlier on Monday, responding to Cairo’s statement” says the news site.

But Egypt’s Central Bank governor Tarek Amer told CNN that exchange companies should carry on accepting Qatari Riyals from customers.

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