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Egyptian protesters call for expulsion of Qatari ambassador

Jan. 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM

CAIRO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Pro-military Egyptians called for Qatar's ambassador to Egypt to be expelled Tuesday over alleged interference by the Persian Gulf state in Egypt's affairs.

In a demonstration outside the Qatari embassy in Cairo, scores of protesters held pictures of Defense Minister Abdul Fatah al-Sissi, who helped oust former President Mohamed Morsi whom Qatar had backed, Gulf News reported.

Egypt has accused Qatar of favoring the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Morsi is a member. Qatar has reportedly granted political asylum to nearly 600 Islamists sought by Egypt on charges of inciting violence.

Badr Abdul Atti, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, said the Egyptian ambassador in Qatar had not yet confirmed the reports.

Qatar has criticized a decision by Egyptian authorities to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, while Cairo has protested Doha's condemnation of a security crackdown on Morsi supporters.

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