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Egypt calls to eject Qatar from anti-Daesh coalition

Doha’s presence in the Global Coalition against Daesh will affect its credibility, foreign ministry says

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Dubai: Egypt has called on members of the Global Coalition against Daesh to review Qatar’s membership in the anti-terror camp, according to a report in Al Bayan in Cairo.

Egypt’s call comes ahead of the Global Coalition against Daesh conference in Washington, which starts on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain have cut diplomatic ties and severed air, land and sea links with Qatar early last month. They later issued an ultimatum to a 13-point list of demands that included cutting ties with terrorist groups, curbing relations with Iran and shutting media outlets, including Al Jazeera.

Egypt’s foreign ministry, in a statement, warned that Qatar’s membership in the anti-terror camp could impact the coalition’s credibility. “Qatar’s membership in the anti-Daesh coalition is a contradiction, and could undermine the coalition’s credible work and its ability to carry out its objectives,” the foreign ministry said on Saturday.

To that end Cairo listed the steps taken by Arab countries against Qatar in the light of its support to terrorism, and added that the country’s presence in the anti-Daesh coalition is an added challenge.

The ministry announced that it will provide further evidence to prove certain countries’ support for terrorist organisations.

Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman Ahmad Abu Zaid, who is also heading the Egyptian delegation at the conference, said in a statement that the Coalition’s working group meeting in Washington come following dangerous developments in the region and around the world.

He said this is the coalition’s first meeting since the historic Arab-Islamic-American summit in Riyadh in May.

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