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Dispute not Egypt-Qatar, but Qatar against most Arab states: FM official

No plan to return Egyptian ambassador to Qatar, says foreign ministry, in the wake of a joint recall of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain's ambassadors to the Gulf state

Ahram Online, Wednesday 5 Mar 2014
Nasr Kamel, an aide to Egypt
Nasr Kamel, an aide to Egypt's foreign ministry (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egypt's foreign ministry will not return its ambassador to Qatar, a move that looks to further diplomatically isolate the Gulf state on the same day that three other Arab countries withdrew their Qatari ambassadors.

Nasr Kamel, an aide to Egypt's foreign ministry, said that the ambassador – who has been in Egypt since early February – will not be returned for political reasons.

Kamel said the decision was in protest over Qatari intervention in the Egypt's internal affairs and for not handing over Egyptians wanted by prosecutors on criminal charges, according to Al-Ahram's Arabic news website.

Relations between Egypt and Qatar have soured since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July. Egypt's interim authorities have accused Qatar of backing Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, from which he hailed.

Kamel's statements on Wednesday come hours after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain issued a joint statement withdrawing their ambassadors from Qatar.

In the statement, the three Gulf states said that Qatar had failed to honour a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) agreement regarding "non-intervention in other states' internal affairs and refraining from supporting all who threaten the security of the council."

The move by Saudi, the UAE and Bahrain proves that Qatar is in dispute with most Arab States and not just Egypt, Kamel said.

He added that Qatar must realign its position on common interests and solidarity with Arab countries by refraining from situations that fuel discord and division.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have pledged billions of dollars in economic aid to Egypt's interim government since Morsi's ouster.

Kamel concluded that Qatar has been broadcasting false information regarding developments in Egypt, a reference to the Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera news channel.

Egypt is currently prosecuting 20 journalists working for Al-Jazeera English, including four foreigners.

The 16 Egyptians are charged with joining a terrorist organisation – a reference to the Muslim Brotherhood, officially designated a terrorist group in December – as well as harming national unity and social peace.

The foreigners – an Australian, two Brits and a Dutch – are accused of "airing false news" in order to "undermine the state's status and disrupt public security," according to the prosecution.

Eight defendants are being held in custody while the others, including the two Brits, are being tried in absentia.

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Amoon Metwalee, Suez
07-03-2014 02:13pm
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Split Personality
Qatar rulers are having this problem. they are part of the Arab community with an eye to West. Nothing wrong with that. We love and respect you; but please refrain from anything that would hurt anyone.
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Khofo, Giza
07-03-2014 02:08pm
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Arabic Egypt
Any nation is not defined by its ethnicity; but prevailing culture. Culture include language, traditions, social behavior, common cause and destiny. Egypt location in Africa and across Europe have shaped it history.
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Ayman
06-03-2014 01:44pm
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Qatar will go down hard
They are counting on being able to play the same underhanded game the U.S plays by trumping up human rights and freedom of speech violations as weapons against specific countries that do not fall in line with their interests. Freedom of speech does not mean the freedom of orchestrating a campaign of spreading misinformation with the intent of destabilizing and causing sectarian violence. Nor does it mean the right to harbor leaders of a terrorist organization and giving them a podium to incite their followers of carrying out violent attacks.
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Johm
06-03-2014 10:05am
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Good
Qatar is a most respectfull country we can not compair qatar to others arab countries Qatar have a independent policy .muslim ummah majority love qatar
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Allen
07-03-2014 06:48pm
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Johm!?!?
Hey Johnny in the process of you using multiple fake names, to give the false impression there are more Muslim brotherhood posting here you are actually misspelling your fake name you use every day!!! Not too smart "John"...
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Roman
05-03-2014 05:36pm
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Berber
What does it mean being Arab? Is it a race, Ethnicity or religion? Because the vast majority Egyptians are not Arabs. There were there before the Arab came and other came to Egypt during the Ottoman colonization of Egypt for more than 500 years. Being Arab is nothing but a baseless word with no historical and reality facts and justification.
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Aladdin, Egypt
07-03-2014 02:01pm
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False Argument
speaking Arabic unify culture and geographic location does too. Your argument is baseless and meaningless.
Khaled
06-03-2014 08:46am
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No, its pretty simple
You speak Arabic, write in Arabic, read in Arabic, pray in Arabic, sing in Arabic and express yourself through Arabic, my friend you're an Arab. You dont have to be a Bedouin or trace your relatives to Arabia to be an Arab. The Arabs are a linguistic group. The modern Arab identity movement is rooted in the regional quest for autonomy and then independence from Turkey, independence from the colonial powers, solidarity in the face of Israel and other foreign occupiers. Also, if Arabs weren't so factional and divided, Arab unity or integration has the potential for major prosperity, but that seems to be just a dream
IGN
05-03-2014 09:20pm
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They are not an Ethnicity
"Arab's" are people who speak the arabic language (as their native language).
expat
05-03-2014 07:08pm
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wrong...
its the common title of the descendends of the umma,before it spread his thoughts of live and their god over the borders of their desert countries....its a form of refusing to tell,that a muslim african is an african in the end
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