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Egypt gives Qatar’s ambassador 48 hours to leave Cairo


File photo, Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani attends a Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Doha, Qatar. Picture courtesy

Egypt has given Qatar’s ambassador to Cairo 48 hours to leave the country following a decision earlier in the day to sever ties with the Gulf state, state news agency MENA reported.

Egypt said it was cutting ties with Qatar due to its insistence on “supporting terrorist organizations” and meddling in Egypt’s internal affairs after making the announcement on Monday.

Egypt informed its charge d’affaires in Doha that he should return to Cairo within the next 48 hour, reports Al Ahram.

Bahrain started the ripple effect of the gulf countries severing ties with Qatar. Shortly after Bahrain’s decision, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Yemen and the eastern-based government of Libya followed suit.

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