CAIRO: A total of 84 percent of Egyptians have heard about the Egypt Economic Development Conference and 50 percent reject any possible Qatari participation in the summit, according to a Wednesday poll by the Egyptian Centre for Public Opinion Research (Baseera.)
Qatar and Turkey have not informed Egypt of their government’s representation in the summit scheduled to begin Friday in Sharm el-Sheikh, Cabinet spokesperson Hossam Qawish told Dream 2 channel Tuesday.
However, he did not rule out that businessmen from the two countries may attend the conference. Thus far, 80 countries have confirmed their attendance in the ambitious summit, 25 of which are scheduled to for the level of the head of state, in addition to representatives of international economic bodies and hundreds of private business personalities.
The survey was conducted with more than 1,505 citizens over the phone Monday-Tuesday. The majority of the 16 percent who had not heard of the summit live in rural areas and have low education.
A total of 31 percent agreed that Qatar is represented in the conference, and 19 percent said they didn’t know their feelings. The segments rejecting the monarchy’s participation did not differ much from rural and urban areas, although those with higher education and live in big cities were slightly more antagonistic towards Doha.
Egypt’s relations with Qatar and Turkey have dramatically chilled after the military ousted the Muslim Brotherhood’s President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.