Court considers labelling Qatar a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’

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The Alexandria Court for Urgent Matters is set to issue a verdict on 29 March regarding a lawsuit against the Qatari state, accused of being a “sponsoring terrorism,” according to a statement by the Coalition to Support Tahya Masr (Long Live Egypt) fund.

The lawsuit was filed by Tarek Mahmoud, legal advisor and secretary-general of the coalition.

The lawsuit accused Qatar of supporting terrorism by hosting terrorist elements and providing financial and logistical assistance for them in the Arab world.

The group recently filed a number of cases against the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, the Turkish state, the 6 April movement, and the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, which supports the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood organisation.

Another verdict is already slated for the 2 March by the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters in another lawsuit against Qatar and Turkey, which seeks to designate the two states as supporters of terrorism.

Earlier this week, Qatar recalled its ambassador from Cairo after an Egyptian official accused it of supporting terrorism.

Qatari officials said it was prompted by comments made by Egypt’s delegate to the Arab League, who accused Qatar of supporting terrorism during a meeting for permanent delegates of the Arab League on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Qatar announced its reservations over the last article in the final statement issued by the Arab League Council, which stipulated lifting the ban on “arming the Libyan National Army.”

It also expressed reservations over Egyptian air strikes against the Islamic State terrorist organisation’s strongholds in the city of Derna earlier this week.

In response, the Egyptian permanent envoy to the Arab League condemned the Qatari stance, stating, “Doha has clearly announced its support for terrorism.”

On Monday, Egypt’s Ministry of Defence reported that its war planes targeted the Islamic State’s hideouts in Libya shortly after President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi vowed revenge for the mass killing of 21 Egyptian hostages at the hands of Islamic State militants.

Egypt and Qatar have been at odds since former president Mohamed Morsi was ousted in July 2013 in a popular uprising. Qatar denounced Morsi’s ouster and described the 30 June revolution as a coup against a democratically elected leader.

Qatar, a strong supporter of Egypt’s terrorist-designated Muslim Brotherhood organisation, has been harbouring many of the organisation’s members since the ouster of Morsi.

Last year, a drastic change in Qatar’s foreign policy stance towards Egypt was evident at the six-leader Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting.

Qatar joined other GCC states which voiced “full support to Egypt and the political programme of President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi.”