Anwar Gargash: UAE not involved in Qatar hacking

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 18, 2017

The newspaper report, published online Sunday evening, cited unnamed us intelligence officials.

At the same time, the Post report says it is still unclear if it was UAE hackers who carried out the attack or if it was "contracted" to foreigners.

The report "unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place", it added.

Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said in a statement that global monitoring was needed in the standoff between Qatar and its Arab neighbours.

The Emirates denied the report.

The hacked reports said Qatar's emir called Iran an "Islamic power", and heaped praise on Palestinian resistance group Hamas, among other controversial claims.

"The UAE had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking described in the article", said the UAE's ambassador to the USA in a statement.

Al Jubeir stressed that there are basic principles that all countries, including Qatar, must abide by, including stop supporting terrorism, extremism, incitement and spreading hatred through the media in any form, in addition to stop hosting terrorist people or those involved in the financing of terrorism or wanted from their countries, and not to interfere in the affairs of countries in the regions.

The Washington Post reported on Sunday that the UAE helped arrange the hacking. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas [terrorist organizations, outlawed in Russia] and Qadafi.

The Post says the UAE planted a false story that sparked the current crisis between Qatar and several Arab countries.

The UAE along with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties and severed air, land and sea links with Qatar in early June over allegations that it supports extremist ideology - a charge Qatar denied.

The FBI was previously known to be working with Qatar to investigate the hacking. "Inciting violence, encouraging radicalisation, and undermining the stability of its neighbours", Otaiba's statement said.

Mr Gargash said Qatar's neighbours were prepared to continue the boycott for months if it did not comply with the list of demands it was handed last month and agree to worldwide monitoring. "But the issue is that we are being hurt, and the world is being hurt, by a state that has $300bn (£230bn) and is the main sponsor of this jihadist agenda".

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