Saudi Arabia and its allies — the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt — accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and led a bunch of Muslim-majority nations to chop ties with Doha. That got here after Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, was quoted on-line calling Iran — a key rival to Saudi Arabia — an Islamic energy and describing Qatari relations with Israel nearly as good.
Qatar has maintained its emir by no means made the remarks and that the quotes had been planted by hackers.
UAE Minister of State for International Affairs Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash mentioned Monday that the Washington Put up report was false.
“The Washington Put up story is just not true, purely not true,” he mentioned responding to a query after a speech at Chatham Home in London. He mentioned that the story “will die” within the subsequent few days.
The UAE embassy in Washington on Monday sent a series of tweets quoting its ambassador, Yousef Al Otaiba, denying the Washington Put up report, which was printed Sunday and, in accordance with the paper, was based mostly on info supplied by unnamed US intelligence officers.
“The @washingtonpost story is fake. UAE had no function in any way within the alleged hacking described within the article,” Al Otaiba was quoted as saying within the tweet.
“What’s true is #Qatar’s habits. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas & Qadafi,” he added, additionally saying that Qatar was “undermining the steadiness of its neighbors.”
However Qatar mentioned that the Washington Put up report proved its model of occasions, that its web sites had been hacked and that quotes had been fabricated and printed.
“The knowledge printed within the Washington Put up on 16 July 2017, which revealed the involvement of the United Arab Emirates … and senior Emirati officers within the hacking of Qatar Information Company, unequivocally proves that this hacking crime passed off,” a Qatari authorities assertion mentioned.
The assertion cited the federal government’s communications director, Sheikh Saif bin Ahmad al-Thani, as saying it was “particularly unlucky that this shameful act of cyber terrorism is being attributed to a fellow member of the Gulf Cooperation Council.”
It described the alleged hacking as a violation of worldwide legislation and of agreements between the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) — the regional commerce and safety group — in addition to collective agreements with the Arab League, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the United Nations.
US investigators in June instructed CNN that they believed Russian hackers breached the Qatari sites and planted false info and quotes.
US investigators have been working in Doha to assist the Qatari authorities examine the alleged hack, in accordance with Qatari and US authorities officers.
Gargash’s speech in London appeared to query Qatar’s future within the GCC.
He known as for a “change of habits” from Qatar, including that with out one, it will be within the pursuits of the quartet — Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt — to hunt “a separate path from that of Qatar.”
“That is our message: You can’t be a part of a regional group devoted to strengthening mutual safety and furthering mutual pursuits, and on the identical time undermine that safety and hurt these pursuits. You can’t be each our buddy and the buddy of Al Qaeda.”
When requested whether or not Qatar’s membership was at stake, Gargash didn’t reply immediately and repeated his remarks.
Gargash additionally repeated accusations that Qatar was attempting to create instability within the area and even accused it of conspiring with jihadists in opposition to Saudi Arabia.
Qatar — which shares its solely land border with Saudi Arabia — has rejected accusations it helps terrorism, calling them “unjustified” and “baseless.”
The quartet issued a listing of 13 calls for that included not simply ending assist for terrorists and extremists however shutting down Qatar’s Al Jazeera TV community, severing ties with Iran and shutting a Turkish army base.
Qatar has refused to adjust to the 13 calls for and says the record and the boycott itself are aimed toward “limiting Qatar’s sovereignty, and outsourcing our international coverage.”
Gargash described the record on Monday as an “opening gambit” however declined to immediately reply whether or not the quartet would insist on closing Al Jazeera, implying the quartet might soften their calls for.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait final week in response to the deadlock and mentioned that direct talks may happen between the feuding nations however warned that resolving the dispute “might take fairly some time.”