CAIRO: Al-Jazeera’s reporting on Cairo “casts doubt” over the existence of a genuine Qatari desire to improve relations with Egypt, Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry told Tahrir TV Sunday.
“Egypt always shows good faith with Arab brethren on the basis of distinctive relations, and does not harm anyone. It is capable of accomplishing the will of its people and is not affected by such matters tackled by Al-Jazeera,” Shokry said.
Qatar shut down Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, a subsidiary of Al-Jazeera dedicated to Egyptian affairs, in December. In September, the monarchy requested senior Muslim Brotherhood members to leave the country.
The reconciliation initiative was launched by late Saudi King Abdullah, who died in January.
The Brothers Without Violence movement claimed Saturday that Qatar will allow Brotherhood leaders to return to Doha, changing its stance following King Abdullah’s death.
Egypt has repeatedly accused Al-Jazeera and Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, both owned by the royal family, of “false reporting,” “bias” towards the Brotherhood and “inciting violence.”
Social media users widely circulated a controversial video from Al-Jazeera, posted after the Jan. 29 attacks in North Sinai that killed dozens, where the person filming the attacks from afar, as well as an unknown group of people, cheered for the bombings.
It is not clear whether the person filming was an Al-Jazeera reporter, or someone implicated in the attacks; Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has been known to shoot their operations, and then send videos to the channel.