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We don't interfere in Egypt's internal affairs: Qatari FM

Qatar's foreign minister calls the Muslim Brotherhood an ‘internal issue’ for Egypt

Ahram Online , Wednesday 30 Sep 2015
Khalid al-Attiyah
Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah said Doha does not regard the Muslim Brotherhood as a "terrorist organization." ( photo: Reuters)

Qatar's foreign minister has said there is no "animosity" between Qatar and Egypt, calling their relationship "normal".

Khaled al-Attiyah said in an interview published in London-based publication Al Hayat on Wednesday that Egypt holds a status in the Arab League, and that Qatar hopes Egypt is "healthy because Egypt's wellbeing is part of the Arab states' health".

Al-Attiyah called the Muslim Brotherhood an "internal issue", and said Qatar does not interfere in countries’ internal affairs.

Qatar has previously suggested it wants to improve relations between groups in Egypt currently at odds.

In August Al-Attiyah told Al-Arabiya TV channel that Qatar wants Egypt to have a political dialogue that includes all political parties.

He said that Qatar would be ready to mediate if asked, asserting that his country could never interfere in Egypt’s internal affairs.

Egypt called those comments in August an "interference in Egypt’s internal affairs".

Egypt said the comments were "unacceptable" and inferred that they referred to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is "officially considered a terrorist group in Egypt".

Egypt's cabinet declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group in December 2013, and the authorities have since convicted many Brotherhood members of violent crimes including support for terrorism.

Qatar-Egypt relations have been tense since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 after mass protests against his rule.

Egypt has many times accused Qatar of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group to which Morsi belongs.

In June Egypt accused the Brotherhood leadership, self-exiled to Qatar and Turkey, of liaising with local Egyptian middle-management to organise assassinations of police, army and judiciary personnel.

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