The supreme court last month overturned an acquittal by the appeals court and sentenced 21 defendants to jail, including one for life, for forming a cell with ties to both Shiite Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah movement and for planning attacks in Kuwait.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry's comments came during a press conference after his meeting in Cairo with his counterparts of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain to discuss their blockade of Qatar.
The Arab countries have demanded Qatar curtail its support for the Muslim Brotherhood, shut down the pan-Arab al Jazeera TV channel, close down a Turkish base and downgrade its ties with regional arch-rival Iran.
Sigmar Gabriel said, "now is the time to not inflame the conflict further and to talk with one another." He also said that the Qatar dispute will get worse the longer that it lasts and that, "it's necessary to come to the table and then negotiate."
Bahrain has ordered Qatari troops serving with a coalition fighting the Islamic State group to leave its territory, a source with knowledge of the situation said today. The soldiers, part of the US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) which is headquartered in Bahrain, had been asked to leave the coalition and may depart within the […]
Emmanuel Macron will also be trying to defuse the dispute between Qatar and its neighbours. Meetings are likely to take place in June last week for the same. Also on his agenda was the conflict in Libya, where the UN-backed government is struggling to impose its legitimacy.
Qatar did not give reason for the withdrawal but the move comes as it faces a major diplomatic crisis with some of its Gulf Arab neighbours. They cut ties a week ago, accusing Doha of backing Islamist militancy and Iran. Qatar strongly denies this.