Egypt to recall ambassador to Qatar for consultation after constitution vote   2014-01-06 16:45:14            

CAIRO, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Egyptian authorities will recall its ambassador to Qatar after holding the vote on the draft constitution slated amid-January for consultations, official news agency MENA reported on Monday.

"The decision to recall the ambassador is a protest over the rejected Qatari interference in the Egyptian domestic affairs," MENA quoted a governmental source as saying.

On Saturday, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry summoned the Qatari ambassador to complain about interference in its internal affairs after Doha criticized Cairo's crackdown on the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood on Friday which killed 17.

The Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said on Sunday that there will be more escalated steps if Doha won't review its policies regarding Cairo, adding the Egyptian patience has an end.

The formerly close Qatari-Egyptian relationship has soured since the Egyptian army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who had been firmly supported by Doha, last July following mass protests against his one-year rule.

In the statement, Doha said the Egyptian government's recent decision to label the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group was a prelude to a shoot-to-kill policy on demonstrators.

The statement added "inclusive dialogue" between all sides in Egypt was the only solution to the nation's crisis.

Egypt's army-backed authorities accuse the Cairo office of Al Jazeera, a Qatar-based pan-Arab TV channel, of airing false information and inciting anti-government protests and ordered it to go off air.

Editor: Yang Yi
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