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Qatar should prove goodwill: Egypt's El-Sisi

Qatari network Al Jazeera has suspended its controversial Mubasher Misr channel

Ahram Online , Wednesday 24 Dec 2014
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (Photo:AP)
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Egypt is waiting for more positive steps from Qatar to prove its goodwill, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said, days after Qatari network Al Jazeera suspended a controversial Egypt-focused satellite channel.

The closure of the Mubasher Misr (Egypt Live) channel came as a result of a Saudi-sponsored reconciliation initiative between Egypt and Qatar, after months of strained ties following the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.  

Cairo had complained that the channel had supported Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, designated a terrorist group by the government last year. A presenter on the channel stated on Monday evening that the channel would halt broadcasting temporarily "until suitable permits had been obtained from the Egyptian authorities." The channel's offices were raided by police and closed down in July 2013, after Morsi's ouster, but it had continued to broadcast from Doha.

In comments carried in Al-Ahram Arabic daily on Tuesday, El Sisi said a meeting he had with the Qatari head of intelligence is just "a starting point” and that Qatar needs to prove "its seriousness towards the Arab lineup."

The comments came on the sideline of El-Sisi's visit to China.

A meeting between El-Sisi and Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani is expected to take place in January in Saudi Arabia.

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24-12-2014 11:14pm
Qatar should take Morsi and any other radical as exiles. Keep them out of the way of the political process in Egypt. The very presence of them and the propaganda value they represent to the destabilizers are worth more gone. The parliament will be a better quality if Qatar steps up and removes the symbols and mouthpieces they'll be in the campaigning phase.
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