Egypt-Qatar Business Council Suspended from Operations; Says Abou Hashima

The Egyptian-Qatari Business Council chaired by Dr. Moharram Helal was suspended from operations ten days ago, said Egyptian businessman and vice president of the council Ahmed Abou Hashima on Tuesday.

The council has never interfered in any political matters between the two countries, Abou Hashima stated. However, he criticised the Qatari political approach taken against Egypt.

“Whenever there is a hostile attitude towards my country on the ground … then Egypt comes above all.” added Abou Hashima.

Meanwhile, an Egyptian government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, announced to Al-Masry Al-Youm, that Qatar is seeking the return of its $3 billion deposited in the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE).

In return, CBE Governor Hisham Ramez said Egypt will pay back $500 million to Qatar in October, according to Egypt Independent.

In a phone call with Sada al-Balad TV, Ramez said Egypt will pay for all the requirements without being economically affected.