Mubarak skips Doha summit

Posted: March 28, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Egypt, Hamas, Israel

Egypt's President - Hosni Mubarak

Egypt's President - Hosni Mubarak

Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has decided not to attend the Qatari Arab League summit, together with another nine Arab state leaders – out of 22 members. It appears that members split – among other things – over support of official Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas by some members, Hamas by others:

The absence of nine leaders including Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, from an Arab League summit in Qatar aimed at forging unity on challenges facing the Middle East has highlighted divisions within the group.

Foreign ministers have been gathering in Doha, the capital of Qatar, to set the agenda for the talks, which begin on Monday.

But the nine members of the 22-strong League have said they will not attend the two-day summit aimed at burying differences highlighted by Arab nations’ responses to Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip in December, in which more than 1,400 Palestinians were killed.

Since Hamas’ take over Gaza and expulsion of ruling Fatah party, Egypt took tough stance against Hamas, effectively closing borders and even fighting weapon smuggling into Gaza. At the beginning of the 2008 winter campaign against Hamas by Israel, Egyptian FM openly criticized Hamas terrorists for ignoring the warning signs and starting a war with Israel. It is important to understand that Egypt did not suddenly fell in love with Israel; instead, Egypt feels threatened by Hamas’ murderous intent, and its cooperation with the radical Muslims Brotherhood movement, which holds its main offices in Cairo and threatens Mubarak’s government.

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