Foreign Ministry says Gulf countries, not Egypt, have problem with Qatar
Qatar's Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani - REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad

CAIRO: Qatar’s problem lie with Gulf countries, not Egypt, said spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ambassador Badr Abdel Atty Saturday in a phone interview with ONTV channel.

Abdel Atty added that “there is full coordination between Egypt and its neighboring Arab countries regarding crucial issues which the Gulf states are concerned, especially the issues of terrorism and Arab solidarity.

“Egypt is the largest Arab country, and where the headquarters of the Arab League is located, so it must participates in any action that would aim to achieve Arab solidarity,” Abdel Atty said, stressing that “Qatar’s problem is not with Egypt but with the majority of the Gulf countries.”

Egypt’s ambassador to Qatar was recalled to Cairo March 6 over Qatar’s support for Islamists around the region, including the ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi  and his supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood, after the withdrawal of envoys by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

“Despite declaring the Brotherhood as a terrorist group, Qatar continues its support for the Muslim Brotherhood in order to put pressure on the Egyptian state,” Founder of the Egyptian Jihad Organization Sheikh Nabil Naiim, told Al-Wady News March 17, adding that “Qatar is supporting terrorist groups in Egypt, Syria and Libya.”

The Cairo Court of Urgent Matters adjourned to April 27 a suit requesting Qatar be labeled a state sponsor of terror on April 16. The lawsuit was raised by lawyer Samir Sabri, who calls for labeling as “terrorists” anyone who makes frequent appearances on Al Jazeera either as presenters or guests, or who uses the channel as a platform for expressing support for the ousted president.

Qatari news network Al-Jazeera is commonly seen as the mouthpiece for the Muslim Brotherhood. In December, four correspondents of the network were arrested for “spreading false news,” and are currently on trial.

Qatar-Egypt relations have strained noticeably following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, with the Qatar initially condemning the ouster of Egypt’s first democratically elected president.

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