UAE Wants International Monitoring of Qatar

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 18, 2017

"We need a regional solution and global monitoring", said Mr Gargash in prepared remarks he was set to deliver in London on Monday.

"This criminal act represents a clear violation and breach of global law and of the bilateral and collective agreements signed between the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, as well as collective agreements with the Arab League, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the United Nations", he said.

The report "unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place", it added. "You can not be both our friend and a friend of Al-Qaeda". Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Qadafi. Doha denies the accusations.

The Gulf crisis is the worst to hit the region since the establishment of the GCC in 1981. We've said we are not there to escalate.

"We've sent a message to Qatar".

Gargash said there was a broader problem with financing for extremists in the Gulf but that countries like Saudi Arabia were "dealing with it".

"What we really do want is we either reach an agreement and Qatar's behaviour changes, or Qatar makes its own bed and they can move on and we can move with a new relationship. But we can not have a member who is undermining us and supporting extremism", he said.

Back in May, a story appeared on its news and social media sites that contained pro-Iranian and other controversial statements attributed to the emir in a speech that he denied making.

US 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.

The remarks covered sensitive political subjects such as Iran, Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, Israel and the United States.

The UAE is seeking a regional solution for the Qatar crisis, while consulting with worldwide partners on ways to resolve Arab concerns about Doha's links to extremist and terror groups.

The Post reported that United States intelligence officials learned last week of newly analyzed information that showed that top UAE government officials discussed the planned hacks on May 23, the day before they occurred.

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