The Egyptian Minister of Local Development, Mahmoud Shaarawi, sent an internal circular to all governors and MPs in the country, calling for a halt to issuing new licenses for Syrian-owned shops.
According to the decision, which Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reviewed, Al-Shaarawi urged all governors to stop issuing commercial licenses to Syrians, unless they have direct approval from the Ministry of Interior.
The circular was issued on August 11, upon direct orders from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, while discussing the financial situation of Syrian refugees in the country.
According to the report, the decision was based on the superiority of Syrians and they became entrepreneurs in Egypt “within a short period” of time “despite their financial suffering upon their arrival in Egypt.”
The circular claimed that “there are some reports indicating that Qatar is financing Syrians residing in Egypt from shop owners, through members of the Muslim Brotherhood, with the aim of forming a new economic entity for the group and enabling it to participate in financing its prohibited activities at home and abroad.”
“The presidency directives will be implemented not to issue new licenses for shops owned by Syrians, or to participate in the companies that own them, except after obtaining the approval of the security services, and providing us with a statement of the names of Syrians,” the statement added.
At the same time, the circular included the names of all Syrians who obtained commercial licenses in Egypt.