Qatar is ´undermining´ GCC allies: UAE minister

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 17, 2017

"Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas & Qadafi", he added, also saying that Qatar was "undermining the stability of its neighbors".

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar on 5 June, cutting diplomatic and transport ties with the tiny Gulf monarchy, accusing it of financing extremist groups and allying with Gulf Arab states arch-foe Iran.

The alleged hack of the Qatar News Agency website on May 24 attributed explosive remarks to Qatar´s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

Qatar has maintained its emir never made the remarks and that the quotes were planted by hackers.

A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official said worldwide monitoring was needed in the standoff between Qatar and its Arab neighbours, adding he saw signs that the pressure exerted on Doha "was working". "UAE had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking described in the article", Al Otaiba was quoted as saying in the tweet.

The UAE hacked the websites or paid for getting them hacked (which is still unclear) in order to post false quotes linked to Qatar's emir, prompting the Qatar-Gulf diplomatic crisis, the Washington Post reported on Sunday, citing United States intelligence officials.

The subsequent inquiry into the alleged hack used investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

President Donald Trump has sided strongly with Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the dispute, publicly backing their contention that Doha is a supporter of Islamic militant groups and a destabilizing force in the Middle East. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently concluded several days of shuttle diplomacy in the Gulf, but he departed the region without any public signs of a resolution.

"This is our message: You can not be part of a regional organisation dedicated to strengthening mutual security and furthering mutual interest and at the same time undermine that security", he said.

Qatar - which shares its only land border with Saudi Arabia - has rejected accusations it supports terrorism, calling them "unjustified" and "baseless".

Qatar refused to meet the demands last week on the grounds they undermined its national sovereignty.

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