World Bulletin / News Desk
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on Friday sent a cable of greeting to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on the occasion of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday.
The gesture, reported by Qatar's state-run QNA news agency, came ten days after the two men shook hands on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York – despite ongoing political tensions between the two nations.
Relations between Cairo and Doha have soured dramatically since July of last year, when the army ousted Mohamed Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected leader – following mass demonstrations against his presidency.
Several Egyptian Morsi supporters, including many leading members of his Muslim Brotherhood group, have since fled to Qatar amid a harsh crackdown on dissent by Egypt's army-backed authorities.
Cairo has also accused Doha – the main financier of the Al Jazeera television channel, whose Egypt coverage has been highly critical since Morsi's ouster – of interfering in its domestic affairs.
Qatar's positions have angered the current authorities in Egypt, which had repeatedly asked Doha to deport figures associated with the Brotherhood, which Cairo designated a "terrorist" movement late last year following a string of attacks.
Last month, Qatar asked seven leading Morsi supporters to leave the country, with an Egyptian diplomatic source attributing the move to pressure from the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.Last Mod: 04 Ekim 2014, 09:44