Egypt's Addameer National Front spokesperson Amr Abdel Hadi refuted media claims that the head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi has been banned from speaking in Qatar and will be deported. Abdel Hadi said Al-Qaradwi will give the Friday sermons in a mosque in the Qatari capital Doha.
Italian news agency AKI quoted Abdel Hadi as saying a delegation, including member of Christians against the coup, Michael Seidhom, Al-Azhar Sheikh Essam Talimh, journalist Mohammed Bakous and the secretary of the Freedom and Justice Party youth division Ali Khafaji, visited Al-Qaradawi in Doha.
Abdel Hadi pointed out that the purpose of the visit was to "challenge the Egyptian media which claimed that Al-Qaradawi had been forbidden from public speaking and will be deported from Qatar."
He noted that Al-Qaradawi's age and health conditions were the only reason he has been unable to attend sermons recently.
He refuted media claims that Doha intends to deport leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood after reconciling differences with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.
"Our visit is the biggest response is all these lies," he said. Adding that Qatar's foreign minister stressed that the reconciliation came without any party having to compromise.
The military-backed government in Egypt accuses the Qatari authorities of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood which has strained relations between the two countries since the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi in July.