CAIRO: The Doha-based Al Jazeera network said on its twitter account that Monday was the last day of broadcast for Al Jazeera Mubasher news channel.
The move came two days after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received a Qatari envoy following the Saudi-brokered reconciliation initiative between Egypt and Qatar.
“Al Jazeera Mubasher channel will be aired on the same frequencies of Al Jazeera Mubasher and Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr, which will be shut down temporarily until the conditions are set to broadcast again from Cairo after acquiring new licensing in coordination with Egyptian authorities,” according to the statement.
On Nov. 16, the Saudi Royal House announced an agreement was reached between the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar in a meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh to end “pending conflicts” for the well being of the entire Arab and Muslim community. Under the Riyadh Supplementary Agreement, Qatar and its state-owned TV network Al Jazeera should not interfere in Egyptian affairs.
Carrying out the Saudi-brokered agreement, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Sunday with Saudi Special Envoy and President of the Royal Court Khalid bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Tuwaijri and Qatari Special Envoy Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.
Relations between Qatar, a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was designated a ‘terrorist group” by Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, strained after the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013 following mass protests calling for the end of his regime.
Qatar and Turkey announced their condemnation of Morsi’ ouster and have hosted Brotherhood members and supporters who fled from Cairo.
Qatari Foreign Minister assistant Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Thani told Al Jazeera channel Monday that “the opposition Brotherhood members who were hosted by Qatar are welcomed as long as they do not practice any political activity.”
The London-based Saudi Al-Hayat newspaper reported Monday that Sisi will send a special envoy to Doha during the coming period.
“Muslim Brotherhood members in Qatar traveled to Turkey, London and other countries in the past period and there is no Brotherhood members practice politics in Qatar,” Muslim Brotherhood Lawyer Mohamed al-Sisi, told The Cairo Post Tuesday.