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No feud with Egypt: Qatar Foreign Minister


Qatar's Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah
Qatar’s Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah

(AA) – Qatar’s Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah said Tuesday that there was no feud between his country and Egypt.

“There was no feud between Egypt and Qatar in the first place in order to be in need for reconciliation,” al-Attiyah told a press conference at the conclusion of a one-day summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states in Doha.

“Since the beginning of the January 25 revolution, we’ve been supporting our brothers in Egypt,” he said.

Relations between Egypt and Qatar had soured over the latter’s support for ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood group.

Following Morsi’s ouster and imprisonment by the Egyptian army last year, a number of his supporters fled to Qatar – which had been a key ally of the Morsi administration – amid a harsh crackdown on dissent by Egyptian authorities.

Cairo also accuses Doha – the main financier of the Al Jazeera television channel, whose Egypt coverage has been highly critical since Morsi’s ouster – of interfering in its domestic affairs.

In its final communiqué on Tuesday, the GCC summit reaffirmed support for Egypt’s transitional roadmap and President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

The Gulf summit came a few weeks after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain returned their ambassadors to Doha – after a nearly eight-month hiatus – in line with an “understanding” reached by Gulf leaders in Riyadh last month.

Relations between Qatar on one hand and the three Gulf nations on the other deteriorated earlier this year over Qatar’s support of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood group, which remains the target of a relentless security crackdown by Egypt’s military-backed authorities.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE, by contrast, had been among the first countries to welcome Morsi’s ouster by the army last year following massive opposition protests against his rule.

Last year, Egyptian authorities designated the Brotherhood a “terrorist” organization, with Saudi Arabia following suit three months later. The UAE took a similar move last month.

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