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.

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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.

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The minister was likely referring to a surprise move by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates earlier this month to withdraw their ambassadors from Qatar over allegations of meddling in their internal affairs. See first-egypt-then-saudi-arabianow-bahrain-and-the-uae-blacklist-the-muslim-brotherhood-pulling-their-ambassadors-from-qatar-a-muslim-brotherhood-stronghold

Meanwhile, Gomaa had stressed that this year’s iteration of the conference will deal with challenges that extremist ideologies impose on the region.

Turkey has gone to dark green following the overthrow of Morsi in Egypt

Turkey has gone to dark green following the overthrow of Morsi in Egypt