(JNS.org) Qatar has suspended ties with Hamas in a bid to pressure the Palestinian terror group to change its policy against Egypt, a report in the Kuwaiti daily newspaper Al-Jarida said.
The report said Qatar urged Hamas to end its incitement against Egypt and end weapons smuggling from Gaza to terrorist groups in the Sinai Peninsula, a trend the Egyptian military has been fighting for several months.
The move by Qatar comes amid Saudi-brokered reconciliation efforts to end an 18-month standoff over Qatar’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Qatar opposed the overthrow of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, a Brotherhood member, in July 2013.
As part of the steps, Qatar recently shut down the Egypt-based channel of the Qatari Al-Jazeera network, which had been a source of deep tension with the Egyptian government over its pro-Muslim Brotherhood reporting. Reports indicate that Egypt is also in the process of freeing several jailed Al-Jazeera journalists.
A summit between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani is also reportedly being planned.