Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Considers Qatari Plan For Military Intervention in Syria

On October 1, 2012 by stratagem

Source: Al Monitor

Seif Abdel Fattah, a political adviser to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, revealed that Egypt is currently studying the Qatari proposal for an Arab military intervention in Syria to end the current crisis.

He added that they will soon speak with Doha and Ankara regarding this proposal, stressing that the intervention is conditional on two factors: that the proposal would not be used as a pretext for a foreign intervention, and that the intervention have clear limits and goals.

Abdel Fattah explained that bilateral meetings with Qatar will be held in the coming days — probably outside of Egypt — to discuss the proposal.

In his address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday [Sept. 25], Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani called for an Arab intervention in Syria.

In a press conference yesterday [September 30], Abdel Fattah said, “It is better that Arab countries intervene, based on their humanitarian, political and military obligations. After that, the UN Security Council has failed to take a firm stance, despite the fact that the violence has reached an unacceptable level.”

He added that Egypt sought to reach a solution to resolve the Syrian crisis that involves a minimal level of intervention.

Commenting on a report by the Anatolia News Agency, Abdel Fattah told Al-Masry Al-Youm: “My statement is clear. Military intervention in Syria is conditional on several factors. Most notably, it must be an Arab intervention with clear objectives.”

He continued, “Some media outlets have incorrectly reported the news, in a way that suggests that Egypt’s president seeks to conduct a military intervention in Syria. These media outlets did not mention the conditions the presidency put [on such an intervention].”

Abdel Fattah said that Egypt was using all possible means to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

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