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    Egypt returns $2bn to Qatar in sign of growing tensions

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    Egypt has returned $2bn that Qatar had deposited with its central bank, after talks to convert the funds into three-year bonds broke down, central bank Governor Hisham Ramez said.

    Egypt authorities have also refused a Qatari request to increase the number of flights between the two states, according to Egyptian airport sources, in a further sign of rising tension between the two Arab states.

    Cairo's relations with Qatar deteriorated after the Egyptian army deposed President Mohamed Morsi on July 3. Qatar had been a firm backer of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and lent Egypt $7.5bn during the year he was in power.

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