CAIRO: The Popular Front to Support Sisi will protest in front of Qatar’s embassy in Cairo on Friday to demand that interim President Adly Mansour cut all relations with Qatar, Soliman al-Hout, spokesperson of the front, said Thursday.
Political tension between Egypt and Qatar heightened after the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi as Egyptian media and authorities accused Qatar of backing and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.
Qatari-based Al-Jazeera’s coverage of June 30 and the following period highlights the tension between the two countries, with Egyptian authorities conducting a crackdown on the news agency.
The Attorney General decided to shut down Al-Jazeera’s Cairo offices and referred 20 of its journalists to criminal court on Jan. 29 on charges of supporting a “terrorist” group. This came after Egypt’s Cabinet designated the Brotherhood a “terrorist organization,” on Dec. 25.
Additionally, the Egyptian government declared in a statement on March 6 that Egypt’s ambassador to Qatar, who was recalled to Cairo last month over mounting political tension between the two Arab states, would not return to Doha.
According to MENA, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors to Qatar in March because Doha had not implemented an agreement among Gulf countries to not interfere in each other’s internal affairs.
The three countries said the move was necessary “to protect their security and stability.”
This is the first time for such a decision to be taken since the establishment of Gulf Cooperation Council in 1998.
“Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain’s decision to withdraw their ambassadors from Qatar supports the Egyptian stance towards Qatari policy,” Mohamed Abul Ghar, head of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, told Youm7.
Additional reporting by Gamal Heragy and Ameen Saleh.