27 June 2017 12:32 AM

Egypt cut ties with Qatar for 'supporting terrorist organizations'

Thursday، 08 June 2017 02:19 PM

Egypt announced on 5th June 2017 that it was severing diplomatic relations with Qatar due to its ongoing support for terrorist ideologies and meddling in the internal affairs of Egypt.

The move was taken "in light of the continued insistence of the Qatari government on taking a stance against Egypt," the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

The ministry said that the move followed "the failure of all efforts to persuade Qatar against supporting terrorist organizations, chiefly the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood organization, and harboring its leaders who have been convicted of terrorist attacks that targeted the safety and security of Egypt."

The Egyptian government also accused Qatar of interfering in the domestic affairs of Egypt and other countries in the region in a manner that "jeopardizes Arab national security."

The ministry said that Egypt would close its airspace and seaports to all Qatari transportation with a view to protecting its national security.

The Foreign Ministry issued on June 5, 2017 a statement to explain reasons for breaking off diplomatic relations with the state of Qatar.

Foreign Ministry statement

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced breaking off diplomatic relations with the state of Qatar because of the Qatari rule insistence on adopting a hostile attitude towards Egypt, the failure of all attempts to dissuade it from supporting terrorist organizations topped by terrorist Moslem Brotherhood, providing a safe haven for its leaders who were indicted by the judiciary in terrorist operations targeting Egypt's security and stability, besides promoting the thought of Al Qaeda and Daesh, its interference in the domestic affairs of Egypt and the states of the region in a manner that threatens Arab national security and sowing the seeds of dissension in Arab communities according to a well studied scheme which targets the unity and interests of the Arab nation.

The statement said Egypt has closed its airports and naval ports in front of all Qatari means of transportation, out of its keenness to maintain Egyptian national security.

Egypt, Saudi, UAE, Bahrain make list of terrorist financiers supported by Qatar

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Thursday said they designated 59 individuals and 12 institutions that financed terrorist organizations and previously received support from Qatar.

The four countries released the names saying this comes in light of their commitment to fighting terrorism, drying up their sources of funding, combating extremist ideology and its dissemination and working together to eradicate it and immunize communities, according to a statement carried by Al Arabiya News.

The four countries said they made the list as a result of the violations that Qatar keep making by supporting terror groups.

“As a result of the continued violation by the authorities in Doha of the obligations and agreements signed by them, including the pledge not to support or harbor elements or organizations that threaten the security of states and to ignore the repeated contacts that they called upon to fulfill what they had signed in the Riyadh Agreement of 2013, its implementing mechanism and the supplementary agreement in 2014; The four States have agreed to classify 59 individuals and 12 entities on their prohibited lists of terrorists, which will be updated in succession and announced,” the statement said.

List of designated individuals:

1. Khalifa Mohammed Turki al-Subaie - Qatari

2. Abdelmalek Mohammed Yousef Abdel Salam - Jordanian

3. Ashraf Mohammed Yusuf Othman Abdel Salam - Jordanian

4. Ibrahim Eissa Al-Hajji Mohammed Al-Baker - Qatari

5. Abdulaziz bin Khalifa al-Attiyah - Qatari

6. Salem Hassan Khalifa Rashid al-Kuwari - Qatari

7. Abdullah Ghanem Muslim al-Khawar - Qatari

8. Saad bin Saad Mohammed al-Kaabi - Qatari

9. Abdullatif bin Abdullah al-Kuwari - Qatari

10. Mohammed Saeed Bin Helwan al-Sakhtari - Qatari

11. Abdul Rahman bin Omair al-Nuaimi - Qatari

12. Abdul Wahab Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Hmeikani - Yemeni

13. Khalifa bin Mohammed al-Rabban - Qatari

14. Abdullah Bin Khalid al-Thani - Qatari

15. Abdul Rahim Ahmad al-Haram - Qatari

16. Hajjaj bin Fahad Hajjaj Mohammed al-Ajmi - Kuwaiti

17. Mubarak Mohammed al-Ajji - Qatari

18. Jaber bin Nasser al-Marri - Qatari

19. Yousef Abdullah al-Qaradawi - Egyptian

20. Mohammed Jassim al-Sulaiti - Qatari

21. Ali bin Abdullah al-Suwaidi - Qatari

22. Hashem Saleh Abdullah al-Awadhi - Qatari

23. Ali Mohammed Mohammed al-Salabi - Libyan

24. Abdelhakim Belhadj - Libyay

25. Mahdi Harati - Libyan

26. Ismail Muhammad Mohammed al-Salabi - Libyan

27. Al-Sadiq Abdulrahman Ali al-Ghuraini - Libyan

28. Hamad Abdullah Al-Futtais al-Marri - Qatar

29. Mohamed Ahmed Shawky Islambouli - Egyptian

30. Tariq Abdelmagoud Ibrahim al-Zomor - Egyptian

31. Mohamed Abdelmaksoud Mohamed Afifi - Egyptian

32. Mohamed el-Saghir Abdel Rahim Mohamed - Egyptian

33. Wajdi Abdelhamid Mohamed Ghoneim - Egyptian

34. Hassan Ahmed Hassan Mohammed Al Dokki Al Houti - UAE

35. Governor of Abysan al-Humaidi al-Mutairi - Saudi / Kuwaiti

36. Abdullah Mohammed Sulaiman al-Moheiseni - Saudi

37. Hamed Abdullah Ahmed al-Ali - Kuwaiti

38. Ayman Ahmed Abdel Ghani Hassanein - Egyptian

39. Assem Abdel-Maged Mohamed Madi - Egyptian

40. Yahya Aqil Salman Aqeel - Egyptian

41. Mohamed Hamada el-Sayed Ibrahim - Egyptian

42. Abdel Rahman Mohamed Shokry Abdel Rahman - Egyptian

43. Hussein Mohamed Reza Ibrahim Youssef - Egyptian

44. Ahmed Abdelhafif Mahmoud Abdelhady - Egyptian

45. Muslim Fouad Tafran - Egyptian

46. Ayman Mahmoud Sadeq Rifat - Egyptian

47. Mohamed Saad Abdel-Naim Ahmed - Egyptian

48. Mohamed Saad Abdel Muttalib Abdo Al-Razaki - Egyptian

49. Ahmed Fouad Ahmed Gad Beltagy - Egyptian

50. Ahmed Ragab Ragab Soliman - Egyptian

51. Karim Mohamed Mohamed Abdel Aziz - Egyptian

52. Ali Zaki Mohammed Ali - Egyptian

53. Naji Ibrahim Ezzouli - Egyptian

54. Shehata Fathi Hafez Mohammed Suleiman - Egyptian

55. Muhammad Muharram Fahmi Abu Zeid - Egyptian

56. Amr Abdel Nasser Abdelhak Abdel-Barry - Egyptian

57. Ali Hassan Ibrahim Abdel-Zaher - Egyptian

58. Murtada Majeed al-Sindi - Bahraini

59. Ahmed Al-Hassan al-Daski - Bahraini

List of entities:

1. Qatar Center for Voluntary Work - Qatar

2. Doha Apple Company (Internet and Technology Support Company) -Qatar

3. Qatar Charity - Qatar

4. Sheikh Eid al-Thani Charity Foundation (Eid Charity) - Qatar

5. Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services -Qatar

6. Saraya Defend Benghazi - Libya

7. Saraya al-Ashtar - Bahrain

8. Coalition February 14 - Bahrain

9. The Resistance Brigades - Bahrain

10. Hezbollah Bahrain - Bahrain

11. Saraya al-Mukhtar - Bahrain

12. Harakat Ahrar Bahrain - Bahrain Movement

International Responses

OIC calls on Qatar to honor its commitments

The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called on Qatar to honor its previous commitments and agreements signed within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), particularly with regard to ceasing support for terrorist groups and their activities and ending media incitement.

In a statement on its website, the OIC said that it has been following closely the current developments in the Gulf region, namely the severance of diplomatic relations with Qatar by many OIC member states following information and evidence of hostile acts emanating from Qatar.

It underscored the need for all member states, including Qatar, to adhere to the principles of the OIC Charter, which calls for abiding by the policy of good neighborliness, respect for sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of member states, and non-interference in their domestic affairs.

Hashtag "severing ties with Qatar" top trend on Twitter

The hashtag "severing ties with Qatar" became top trend on social networking website Twitter after Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya made a decision Monday to sever their diplomatic relations with Qatar.

The users of the hashtag in various Arab countries supported the decision to sever ties over Qatar's involvement in funding terrorism.

They also condemned the Qatari regime as well as its policies in backing terrorist groups and interfering in the internal affairs of the Arab countries.

Trump: Recent measures against Qatar may be beginning to end terrorism

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the recent measures against Qatar could be the beginning of the end of terrorism.

"During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology.

Pakistan Scholars Council condemns Qatar’s ‘complicity with Iran’

The Pakistan Ulema (scholars) Council has expressed its condemnation of Qatar’s support for Houthi militias and their complicity with Iran against Saudi Arabia, according to a statement released on Monday.

“It is regrettable and alarming that the State of Qatar announced its support for Iran after the Arab-American Islamic Summit, in which 56 Islamic countries announced their efforts to combat terrorism,” said Taher Mahmood al-Ashrafi, chairman of the council.

The council also condemned Qatar’s of terrorist and extremist organizations that “seek to destabilize security in a number of Islamic countries”.

The statement issued by the council in Islamabad also urged the government of Qatar to take into account “the feelings of Muslims in Iraq, Syria and Yemen and address the reservations of the Islamic nation against its position, which led to the unity of the Islamic nation and weakened its entity”.

“Qatar should have sought the support of Muslims in Syria, Iraq and Yemen rather than supporting Iran in its regional plans,” the statement added.

Sisi, Trump stress over phone necessity to continue combating terrorism decisively

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and US President Donald Trump on Friday 09/06/2017 stressed over the phone the necessity to continue combating terrorism decisively.

During the call, the two leaders underlined the importance of standing united against terrorism, armed and terrorist groups and countries financing and supporting terrorism both morally and materially.

They also agreed that the policy of interfering in other countries' affairs by supporting terrorist groups and extremist thought in the region is unacceptable.

They stressed the determination of Egypt and the United States to continue coordination and consultation at the highest levels to ensure that efforts exerted will restore stability and eradicate terrorism in the Middle East region.

In statements, Presidential Spokesman Alaa Youssef said that the two presidents discussed the latest development in the Middle East, particularly counter-terrorism efforts.

Sisi, during the phone conversation, lauded Trump's participation in the Arab-Islamic-American summit that was held in Riyadh in May and culminated in forming a united front to confront terrorism at all levels, the spokesman added.

Egyptian, Saudi FMs discuss over phone ties with Qatar

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Saudi counterpart Adel al Jubeir discussed over the phone a host of regional files, topped by two countries' ties with Qatar.

In press statements, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said that the two ministers also exchanged views on means of coordinating stances in regional and international gatherings.

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