First GCC statement over Qatar-Egypt spat unilateral: Gulf official

21/02/2015 (Asharq Al-Awsat— UK):The Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) statement backing Qatar in a recent row with Egypt was issued without consulting all member states and “does not represent the full view” of the organization, a Gulf official toldAsharq Al-Awsat.Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on the condition of anonymity, a senior Gulf official said the statement, in which the GCC dismissed Egypt’s accusations that Qatar supports terrorism, was “unilaterally issued.”The dispute between Egypt and Qatar unfurled after Egypt’s envoy to the Arab League, Tariq Adel, said Qatar “supports terrorism” during a meeting of the league on Wednesday, after Doha’s foreign ministry official expressed reservations about Egypt’s airstrikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) positions in Libya.Qatar responded by recalling its ambassador to Cairo for consultations, a step that threatened to rekindle tensions between the two countries.Qatar and Egypt only recently reconciled their differences over the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.In an official statement on Thursday GCC Secretary General Abdullatif Al-Zayani said the organization “rejects accusations by Egypt’s permanent envoy at the Arab League that Qatar supports terrorism.”..

http://www.aawsat.net/2015/02/article55341709/first-gcc-statement-over-qatar-egypt-spat-unilateral-gulf-official

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