Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain Defend Blockade On Qatar

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain Defend Blockade On Qatar

The Qatari government communications director, Sheikh Saif, said Saudi, Emirati, and Bahraini families had been “forcibly recalled” on Monday by their governments despite being invited to stay by Qatar.

The network has rejected those accusations and said it will maintain its editorial independence.

The committee criticized the extensive political and media campaign against Doha and Qatari institutions that are active in supporting the Palestinians, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) reports citing an Algerian media source.

Qatar has gone ahead with plans to buy 36 F-15 jets from the US despite rhetoric from US President Donald Trump backing the country’s Gulf rivals in its current diplomatic dispute.

The statement said that the three countries and their diplomatic missions “feel sorry” for Al Hussein’s statement at a time when negotiations remain ongoing regarding the crisis. “This is a clear indication that Qatar is being supported by Malta despite enough evidence of them supporting terrorism”.

A Saudi-led bloc of Arab countries, including the UAE, broke off diplomatic and trade relations with Qatar this month over alleged support of terrorist groups, a charge denied by Doha.

“This is about behavioural change”, Dr Gargash said.

Iran has urged its Gulf neighbours to engage in a dialogue to resolve their dispute. Saudi Arabia itself is known as the main sponsor of the violent Wahhabi terrorists it has accused Qatar of supporting.

On Friday, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Adel Al-Jobeir said during his visit to London that a list of grievances involving Qatar is being drawn up and will be presented in Doha very soon. Trump tweeted in response to news that Saudi Arabia had cut ties with its neighbor.

Turkey has stood with Qatar throughout the crisis and last week Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan denounced the isolation of Qatar as “inhumane and against Islamic values”, and said the methods used against the Gulf state were unacceptable, and analogous to a “death penalty”.

According to Al-Jubeir, the Saudi government has allocated $800 million to address the crisis through the King Salman Centre for Relief and Humanitarian Aid.