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Qatar Asks Members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood to Leave

Qatar asked members of the Muslim Brotherhood to leave its territory as pressure mounts on the Gulf Arab nation to stop supporting the group.

"We understand the reason for asking some members of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party to leave," Amr Darrag, an official from the FJP, the Egyptian section of the Brotherhood, said on his Twitter account.

He didn't say how many Brotherhood members will be relocating out of Qatar. Turkey's Anatolia news agency said seven of them were given one week to leave.

Qatar's backing of the Brotherhood has strained relations with neighboring Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Darrag served as planning minister under former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, who was toppled last year by the military and is now in jail. Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. are providing economic assistance to the government of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former army chief who was elected president in May.

Egypt's prosecutor general on Sept. 6 accused Mursi of leaking state secrets to Qatar while he was still in office. The Brotherhood denied the charges as politically motivated.

[Source: By Maher Chmaytelli , Bloomberg, NY, 13Sep14]

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