Thursday, 27 July, 2017

France Calls For Lifting Of Sanctions On Qatar Citizens

Freda Brock | 17 July, 2017, 16:28

The Post did not identify the intelligence officials it spoke to for the report.

It is also a clear indication that sport and politics very much do mix and somewhat worrying for Qatar, with five years still to go until they stage the tournament, in terms of the pressure being imposed on the Gulf state and lengths to which their opponents will seemingly go to undermine their hosting credentials. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Qadafi. "Inciting violence, encouraging radicalisation, and undermining the stability of its neighbours", the statement said.

Shortly after Tillerson's visit, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani visited Turkey and reaffirmed Doha's commitment to enhancing military cooperation with Ankara. "We are looking forward to concrete measures that are going to lead to the de-escalation of the situation, because this crisis isn't going to benefit any of the parties". The disputed comments praised Hamas and called Iran an "Islamic power".

Reuters published stories based on the report, which were subsequently withdrawn.

The statement also portrayed the Lebanese Shia militant movement Hezbollah, a close ally of Iran, in a positive light.

On Thursday, Sudan's Minister of Information Ahmed Bilal Osman criticised Al-Jazeera TV over unfair coverage of Egypt's news, saying the Qatari broadcaster seeks to change the Egyptian regime.

The controversy did not stop there.

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On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Eygpt and Yemen severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, claiming that the move was to protect their respective governments from extremism, which is allegedly supported by Qatar. The quartet made a decision to sever diplomatic ties with Qatar and close their land borders, seaports and airports, preventing any unauthorised transit into their territories and air spaces, to ban Qatari aeroplanes from entering their air spaces, or landing at their airports. The opponents of Qatar believe this agreement will not ease concerns regarding Doha's activities and that Doha must fulfil all their demands. Qatari government spokesperson Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed Al-Thani said at the time the postings were false and the result of a hack by an "unknown entity".

This new report signals an apparent change of tune by the U.S. media, as its earlier reports in June claimed that "Russian hackers" were allegedly to blame for the hack.

Qatari media was immediately banned in several Arab states, despite an official hack announcement issued by Doha within an hour of the initial attack.

UAE officials denied having any involvement in the hack.

Amid the two-day visit, Trump additionally signed an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth practically $110bn.

A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official said global monitoring was needed in the standoff between Qatar and its Arab neighbours, adding he saw signs that the pressure exerted on Doha "was working".

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash on Friday said the Qatar crisis, which pits the Arab quartet and Qatar, would not end soon.

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