UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt debunk Qatari allegations

Cairo: Four Arab countries, locked in a bitter row with Qatar, have refused the Gulf emirate’s lies included in its lawsuits at several international organisations, Saudi online newspaper Ajel reported today.

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Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have renewed in a message to the UN Security Council their demand for Qatar to stop supporting terror groups and promoting radical political discourse on its media affiliates.

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In June 2017, the four countries cut off diplomatic and transportation links with Qatar over its support for extremist groups.

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The four countries have repeatedly demanded Doha to comply with a set of conditions to end the standoff. The demands include Qatar’s severance of links with militant and terror groups, scaling down ties with Iran and shutting down Al Jazeera TV, seen as a mouthpiece of the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

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Qatar has refused the conditions, saying they violate its sovereignty.

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The permanent delegates of the four countries at the UN addressed a joint message to the Security Council president, refuting claims by the Qatari delegate.

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False accusations

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They expressed “categorical rejection of false accusations and distortions of facts by the Qatari delegate,” they said, according to Ajel.

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They added that the measures taken by their countries, in response to Qatar’s continued support for terrorism, radicalism and meddling in internal affairs, are in line with international law.

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They noted that Qatar’s claims about abiding by international law is exposed by Doha’s destabilising in the region.

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The four countries said they are still open to politically resolve the crisis with Qatar.

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However, they expressed sorrow that contrary to the Qatari delegate’s claims, Doha seems to be more interested in internationalising the dispute and tarnishing the quartet’s reputation by propagating, among other things, false allegations at international forums and media networks.

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This behaviour by Qatar, they said, along with its support to terrorist groups hamper political resolution of the dispute.

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