An anchor on Al-Jazeera news channel has protested the opinion of a supporter of former-president Mohamed Morsi, in an incident that was unexpected from the Qatari-based news channel.
The anchor replied to the caller, who was rejecting the legitimacy of the current Egyptian regime, by saying: ”Egypt is witnessing a new political situation after a new president was elected, a constitution was ratified, and it was announced that parliamentary elections are scheduled for early next year”.
This change in editorial opinion is unlike Al-Jazeera news channel, which often reflects the views of the Qatari state and describes the political transition that happened in Egypt in July 2013 as a ‘military coup’.
The channel has been a platform of support for the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and often criticises Egyptian authorities, increasingly since the ouster of Islamist president Morsi.
This shift may be regarded as part of a recent political agreement between Egypt’s Arab Gulf allies (Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain) on one hand and Qatar on the other, for the latter to stop its media campaigns against the Egyptian regime.
On Sunday, the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported a high-level Gulf official as stating that Qatar has pledged to stop vilifying Egypt. The pledge forms part of a unified Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) policy that seeks to re-establish good relations between the Gulf countries, and was set out in the recent ‘Al-Riyadh Accord’.
Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain agreed to reinstate their ambassadors to Qatar, ending eight months of tense relations with the controversial Gulf state over its support for the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
A link to the conversation on Al-Jazeera: