Qatar congratulates Sisi in what some say could show thaw of relations
Qatar's Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani - REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad
By SARA OSAMA SHOUREAP

CAIRO: The congratulatory cable dispatched by Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to newly-elected president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on the occasion of taking the oath of president may indicate a thaw of relations, said some politicians.

According to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), Tamim wished al-Sisi best of luck in leading Egypt while In return, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi dispatched a cable of thanks to Al Thani on Tuesday.

Egypt’s presidency office did not invite Qatar, Turkey, or Israel to attend the inauguration ceremony of president Sisi on Sunday, Sky News Arabia reported Wednesday.

The said countries were not invited due to their “hostile stances” to Egypt and  the will of the Egyptian people during the June 30 Revolution, a source inside the presidency office told Sky News.

Relations between Qatar and Egypt have been strained since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013.

Hassan Nafaa, a political science professor at Cairo University told Youm7 Wednesday that the mutual greetings between the Qatari Emir and al-Sisi comes in the framework of the “protocol” and do not indicate improvement in the relations between the two countries.

Qatar knows that Egypt is determined to go forward through achieving the road map  and that betting on Muslim Brotherhood has been proved to be a “failure” Nafaa said.

Last March Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani called on Egypt to adopt a “comprehensive dialogue” that achieves political stability and reaffirms Qatar’s good ties with Cairo.

“We wish Egypt political stability and all the best for its people,” said Bin Hamad in his statement at the opening ceremony of the 25th Arab Summit in Kuwait, Youm7 reported.

Deputy Head of al- Dostour party, Yehia al-Gamal expected that the crisis between both countries is on its way of being solved following the mutual greetings.

Deputy Head of Arab Center for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS), Mokhtar al-Ghabashy, told Youm7 that he expects improvement in bilateral relations between both countries, signaling that the Arab countries will interfere to contain the crisis.

Al-Ghabashy added that Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are playing an essential role to contain the crisis between the Gulf countries and Qatar.

Qatar’s support to the Muslim Brotherhood has been witnessing a radical change during the past few months; an aid package worth $56 million, that was scheduled to be given to the Muslim Brotherhood, has been suspended and the Qatari Royal Diwan instructed the brotherhood leaders to not interfere in Gulf states’ affairs otherwise they will be deported, according to a statement issued by the Muslim Brotherhood Without Violence Movement in April.

 The statement added that Qatar will no longer fund the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) after a deal reached between Doha and Gulf States.

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) granted Qatar “one last chance” to end its support of the Muslim Brotherhood, after the Council’s meeting, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported April 18.

On Jan. 29, Egypt’s Attorney General Hisham Barakat decided to shut down the Cairo offices of Qatari-based Al Jazeera, which has been seen as a mouthpiece for the Brotherhood, and referred 20 of its journalists to criminal court on charges of supporting a “terrorist” group.

The Egyptian government declared in a statement on March 6 that Egypt’s ambassador to Qatar, who was summoned 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 for breaching 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 was the first time for such a decision to be taken since the establishment of Gulf Cooperation Council in 1998.

Additionally reporting by Ahmed Arafa and Mostafa Abdel Tawab

 

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