Qatar Rejects Claims of its Involvement in Egyptian Church Attack

Qatar Rejects Claims of its Involvement in Egyptian Church Attack

Doha/Information Office/13 December 2016/ The State of Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed today its condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist attack on the church of St. Peter and St. Paul, attached to the St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Al Abbasiya of Egypt's capital Cairo and led to the killing and injuries to many innocent people.

The ministry also expressed its condolences to the families of the victims, stressing Qatar's position at the governmental and popular levels which reject all terrorist acts regardless of its motives as it contradicts with Islamic and human principles.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expressed denunciation and disapproval of tendentious claims that the State of Qatar was involved in the condemned terrorist act, on the pretense that the suspect named Mohab Moustafa paid a visit to Qatar in 2015.

HE Ambassador Ahmed Al Rumaihi, Director of The Information Office at the Ministry, said that dragging the name of Qatar under any pretense to cover up on failures of designated authorities at the Arab Republic of Egypt incites the feeling of brotherly peoples and doesn't help in deepening the ties between brotherly countries.

The Ambassador said that the suspect called Mohab Mostafa Al Sayed Qassim entered the State of Qatar on 3/12/2015 on an entry visit visa in accordance to the legal procedures of Qatar like the hundreds of thousands of others who are allowed to enter the State of Qatar for a visit or work. Al Rumaihi added that the suspect left Qatar to head back to Cairo on 1/12/2016 after the end of his visit, stressing that the Qatari authorities did not receive any requests from the Egyptian security forces, or the Arab and International criminal police department to detain the suspect or prevent him from entering the State Qatar.

HE the Ambassador also stressed the State of Qatar's position that rejects terrorism in all its forms regardless of its motives, as well as Qatar's rejection to any threat to the security of the Egyptian people. He maintained that brotherly ties between the Qatari and Egyptian people will remain deep-rooted regardless of any baseless claims.