Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Alaa Mubarak, son of the late Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, sparked controversy with a tweet in which he praised Qatar for hosting the World Cup but attacked its role in the region, justifying at the same time the presence of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to open the tournament in Qatar.
Alaa Mubarak said on his Twitter account: “A great success that we are all proud of by hosting the first World Cup on Arab soil, Qatar, but we will not forget that it rode the wave of the Arab fall,” referring to the popular protests that took place in several countries in the region and was known as the “Arab Spring.” .
Alaa Mubarak added that Qatar “adopted a destructive project to fragment the region from within and mislead public opinion through its media and its role in supporting a terrorist group.
Relations between Egypt and Qatar were strained after the overthrow of the rule of the late President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013, until they began to improve with the Al-Ula agreement in early 2021 to end the boycott of Qatar by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.
Alaa Mubarak’s tweet collected more than 4,000 comments, between supporters and opponents. With the interaction on the tweet, Alaa Mubarak responded to some comments, foremost of which was a comment about Sisi’s presence.
One of the commentators on Alaa Mubarak’s tweet said: “This is one hundred percent true, and the Egyptian president should have not attended.”
Alaa Mubarak replied, “On the contrary, a world sports championship is held for the first time on the land of an Arab country, and the presence of the president is important, especially in the presence of many presidents, and this is an opportunity, perhaps to hold some meetings.”
Commenting on Alaa Mubarak’s tweet, another tweet said: “For every disease there is a medicine that is prescribed, except for foolishness. Those who heal it are exhausted. His Highness the Emir of Qatar said the Qatar World Cup is for all Arabs, as the Qatari leadership made sure that the Arab forearms are the source of strength for the tournament in terms of organization until the last moment.”
And Alaa Mubarak replied to him, saying: “Now you remember the Arab forearms! To drop your mask is embarrassing, but to re-wear it makes you pathetic,” as he put it.
In response to a commentator’s question about intelligence, Alaa Mubarak said, “The Egyptian Court of Cassation sentenced former President Mohamed Morsi to life imprisonment in the case of communication with Qatar when he was president of the country.”