'Countries that sponsor terrorism should not be in anti-Daesh coalition,' says Egypt FM spokesman

Ahram Online , Tuesday 11 Jul 2017

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Part of the strategic communication group meetings of the Anti-Daesh global coalition in Washington D.C, Tuesday 11 July( Photo: Egypt's Foreign Ministry Facebook page)

Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said on Tuesday that it is not acceptable to have countries that support and sponsor terrorism as members in the global coalition against the militant group Daesh.

Abu Zeid’s statement came after his participation as Egypt’s representative in the strategic communication work group meetings of the global coalition against Daesh in Washington DC. 

Abu Zeid said that the meetings come amid significant strategic developments against Daesh, particularly the Iraqi army’s liberation of the city of Mosul from the group’s control.

The FM spokesperson said that Qatar uses the Al-Jazeera news network to spread extremist ideologies.  

“Qatar’s Al-Jazeera news network acts as a platform for terrorist organisations in the region, which is evident in their hosting of Abu Mohamed Al-Golany, the leader of Al-Qaeda’s offshoot Al-Nusra Front, as well as Youssef El-Qaradawi, who incites suicide bombings against civilians in Egypt.”

“All this evidence reinforces the necessity for the coalition to exclude two-faced countries that claim before the international community that they are against terrorism while at the same time supporting and financing terrorist organisations,” the statement said.

Last month, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar, accusing the oil-rich Gulf state of supporting terrorism and meddling in their internal affairs. Doha has denied the accusations.

Abu Zeid highlighted Egypt’s role in the anti-Daesh coalition, saying that the country has provided an effective comprehensive vision for the war against terrorism. 

On Sunday, Abu Zeid said that Cairo is willing to provide more evidence that certain countries support terrorism, stressing that the international community should abandon the policy of "denial and compromises." 

Egypt is partaking in meetings of the global coalition against Daesh in Washington DC from 11 to 13 July.

The previous meeting of the coalition took place in Washington DC on 22 March.

Egypt, which is battling an Islamist insurgency led by Daesh in North Sinai, is part of the 60-nation global coalition to fight the militant group. 

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