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Egypt responds to Qatari complaints about its UN Security Council role

Ahram Online , Friday 4 Aug 2017
Amr Abu Al Aata
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Egypt’s permanent mission to the UN sent a memo on Thursday to the president of the UN Security Council rejecting claims by Qatar that Egypt is using its position on the Security Council to attack the Gulf state.

In the memo, published on the Egyptian foreign ministry’s website on Friday, the Egyptian mission stated that Qatar had financially and ideologically supported terrorist groups in the Middle East and around the globe.

The letter added that Qatar’s record in supporting terrorism in Syria, Iraq and Libya was “known to the world.”

On 20 July, Qatar’s permanent mission to the UN wrote a letter to the head of the council accusing Egypt of using its position on the Security Council to turn the council against the Gulf state, rejecting Egypt’s allegations that it supports terrorist groups.

By request of the Qatari permanent mission, the president of the Security Council issued the letter as an official document, under the symbol S/2017/628.

In the Thursday memo, the Egyptian mission also said that the US-Qatari memorandum of understanding on banning terrorism funding, which was referred to in the Qatari letter to the council, was signed because Egypt and other Arab countries had exposed Qatar’s support for terrorism.

The Egyptian foreign ministry also released a letter from the president of the Security Council on 3 August stating that the Egyptian mission’s letter was officially issued as a council document under the filing symbol S/2017/670.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain cut of diplomatic relations with Qatar in June, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

Also in June, Egyptian representatives at the Security Council accused Qatar of funding terrorists in Libya and demanded a UN inquiry into accusations that the Gulf nation paid millions of US dollars as a ransom to a militant group in Iraq to release members of the Qatari royal family. 

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