Egypt PM says Qatar attitude 'incomprehensible'

DOHA (AA) – Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said on Thursday that the position of the state of Qatar to reconciliation with his country was "incomprehensible."

He described the Qatari position as "ineffective," saying Egypt stood to lose nothing when other countries got away from it.

Mahlab, who is currently on a visit to the United Arab Emirates, told journalists that his country was hoping that there would be a "unified Arab front."

Saudi Arabia's late King Abdullah bin Abdullaziz had championed a bid to reconcile Egypt and Qatar, two Arab states whose relations worsened soon after Egypt's army ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

Egypt's authorities used to accuse Doha of interfering in the country's affairs, citing heavy criticism from Qatari-owned Al Jazeera news channel and its affiliate, Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr, which before its closure last month had been devoted exclusively to covering events in Egypt.

Relations, however, seemed to improve between Egypt and Qatar in recent weeks following mediation efforts by the late Saudi monarch.

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