Mar 25 2014
EGYPT bars Turkey and Qatar from Islamic affairs summit because of their support for the terror-linked Muslim Brotherhood
Egypt’s Awqaf (Religious Endowments) Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa said invitations were not sent to the two countries for the conference of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs starting Monday.
Al-Arabiya Gomaa said Egypt had decided not to deal with any Turkish official until Turkey imposes a change on its foreign policy, in an apparent reference to Ankara’s frosty relations with Cairo after the crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protesters in the Egyptian capital last year.
The decision to exclude a Qatari delegation from the conference was made by Egypt after some Arab states curtailed ties with Doha last month, the minister said, adding that Qatar is involved in acts that “harm the security of Egypt,” local daily al-Masry al-Youm reported.