Qatar may take steps to end sponsorship of Muslim Brotherhood
Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani - REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee
By AMIRA EL-FEKKI

CAIRO: Qatar, the Muslim Brotherhood strongest ally on national, regional and international levels, seems to be inclined towards dropping its support for the organization amid Gulf States pressure on Doha.

This comes after Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) granted Qatar “one last chance” to end its support of the Muslim Brotherhood, after the Council’s Thursday meeting, preparing the Riyadh Document to go into effect and discussing Doha’s commitment to regional security and stability, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported April 18.

In an initiative appearing to show Qatar’s willlingness to reach a solution to its crisis with Gulf states, sources close to the Amiri Diwan in Qatar revealed that orders have been given to several Muslim Brotherhood members not to speak to the media, and even spoke of sending them away, Al-Arab British newspaper reported Saturday.

Among those figures are the Head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars Yusuf al-Qaradawy, whose controversial statements have been viewed as hostile to Egypt, who might be sent to Turkey, Sudan, or later Tunisia.

The details of the Riyadh Document established Nov. 23, 2013, were released to the press on April 18, revealing nine articles concerning Qatar’s foreign policies.

The pact, signed by Qatari, Kuwaiti and Saudi leaders, granted Qatar a two-month grace period to ban a number of judicially pursued figures who are hostile to GCC countries, in addition to stop sponsoring some Muslim Brotherhood members wanted by Egypt, which Qatar has refused to extradite.

Additionally, it commands Qatar to ban Brotherhood figures from obtaining the Qatari nationality, giving public speechs whether in mosques or in the media, and stop all activities and individuals “inciting against Egypt’s stability.”

Islamist Asala Party leader Ehab Shiha in Doha denied that Qatar’s authorities had asked them to leave the country. In statements to Al-Masry Al-Youm newspapers, Shiha said Qatar’s policy towards the situation in Egypt has not changed. “We are still there, and we appear on Al-Jazeera channel, we say what we want.”

Magdy Qurqur, member of the National Alliance Supporting Legitimacy (NASL) believes that
“Qatar will not be subordinated to other countries,” adding that such a decision is “not likely to be practiced at all,” Qurqur told The Cairo Post on Saturday.
According to Qurqur, the Brotherhood aims to have a presence inside Egypt more than in other countries.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain released a joint statement March 5 announcing the withdrawal of their ambassadors from Doha, “due to Qatar’s failure to commit to the principles of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Al-Hayat Saudi newspaper had reported on March 6.

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