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Egypt envoy 'will not return' to Qatar

Cairo welcomes decision by three Gulf states to withdraw ambassadors to Qatar and says no plans for its own to go back.

Last updated: 07 Mar 2014 11:13
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Egypt-Qatar relations have deteriorated as Cairo has carried out a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood [AFP]

Egypt has welcomed the decision of three Gulf states to withdraw their envoys to Qatar and said its own ambassador "will not return" to the Gulf emirate.

The unprecedented decision this week by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates was seen as closely linked to Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who was overthrown by the military in July.

In a statement posted online late on Thursday, the Egyptian government said it hoped the withdrawal of the envoys would mark "the beginning of a correction of the course taken by the Qatari government, which is contrary to our brothers in the Gulf Cooperation Council," the AFP news agency reported.

"The Egyptian ambassador to Doha, who has been in Cairo since the beginning of February, will not return to Qatar at the present time, and his remaining (in Egypt) is a sovereign political decision," the government said.

"It is for Qatar to clearly determine its position, whether it will stand on the side of Arab solidarity, unified ranks and protection of national security...or on the other side, and bear the consequences and responsibility for that."

The Gulf Cooperation Council groups Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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