Cairo pur­sues own agenda in iso­lat­ing Qatar

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD - MEL FRYKBERG ANA

AS SAUDI Ara­bia con­tin­ues to make de­mands on Qatar, which the lat­ter has stated are not only un­rea­son­able but un­doable, Egypt has joined in the cho­rus of those Gulf Co-op­er­a­tion Coun­cil coun­tries, sid­ing with Saudi Ara­bia which states that the Mus­lim Brother­hood is a ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion.

One of the Saudi de­mands is that Qatar break ties with groups it con­sid­ers ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing Gaza-based Ha­mas and the Mus­lim Brother­hood, in ad­di­tion to sev­eral oth­ers. On Mon­day, Egypt called on In­ter­pol to ar­rest fugi­tive mem­bers of the Mus­lim Brother­hood, which is banned in Egypt, who are re­sid­ing in Qatar and Turkey.

A se­cu­rity source said Cairo had sent In­ter­pol a list of fugi­tives wanted in Egypt for crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions or who have been con­victed in crim­i­nal cases.

Egypt’s Daily Ahram news­pa­per re­ported the list in­cluded the spir­i­tual leader of the Brother­hood, Youssef El Qaradawi, Is­lamist preacher Wagdi Ghonem, for­mer in­vest­ment min­is­ter Ye­hia Hamed, for­mer prime min­is­ter He­sham Qandil, lead­ing Ga­maa Al Is­lamiya fig­ure Tarek El-Zo­mor, Al Jazeera presenter Ahmed Man­sour and Brother­hood youth fig­ure Ahmed El-Moghier. The list also in­cludes Al Jazeera po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts Mo­hamed El-Gawadi and Mo­hamed El Qu­doussi, jour­nal­ists Wael Kandil, Alaa Sadeq, Ramy Jan and Se­lim Azouz, as well as Mus­lim Brother­hood leader Ay­man Ab­del Ghani, who Cairo says is the mas­ter­mind be­hind the Kataeb Hel­wan mil­i­tant group in Cairo.

One of the Saudi de­mands was also that Qatar close down Al Jazeera, based in Doha, claim­ing the in­ter­na­tional broad­caster was giv­ing favourable cov­er­age to groups the Saudis re­gard as un­de­sir­able.

Al Jazeera jour­nal­ist Mah­moud Hus­sein has been in de­ten­tion in Egypt since De­cem­ber on charges of “in­cite­ment against state in­sti­tu­tions and broad­cast­ing false news with the aim of spread­ing chaos”.

Since 2014, Egypt has re­peat­edly called for the ar­rest of fugi­tive Mus­lim Brother­hood mem­bers be­ing shel­tered in Turkey and Qatar.

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