In an interview with FRANCE 24, Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry lashed out at Qatar, accusing the Gulf nation of directly supporting terrorism in Egypt, saying there was evidence of Doha “financing and providing safe heavens” to terrorists. He warned that there was no room for negotiation in the current crisis and that it was up to Qatar to meet the demands of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to once and for all cut ties with terrorism and extremism.
Speaking to FRANCE 24, Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry accused Qatar of being “responsible for much of the terrorist activity that has been perpetrated in Egypt and in other areas”. Pressed to elaborate, Shoukry said there was “sufficient evidence” of the Qatari government “financing, supporting and providing safe havens and shelter for many individuals”.
The Egyptian foreign minister welcomed as an “important juncture” the agreement signed this week in Paris between the two main Libyan leaders, expressing confidence that other militias would join the process and that elections would be held next year.
On the Jerusalem crisis, Shoukry urged both Israel and the Palestinians to de-escalate tensions, adding that Jerusalem was such a volatile issue that a prolonged crisis could spark more violence.
He also said that Egypt supported the talks by Palestinian exiled leader Mohamed Dahlan with its arch-enemy Hamas in order to improve the humanitarian situation in the Gaza strip. This could include a reopening of the Rafah checkpoint later this summer if Egypt’s security concerns are met.