Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar on June 5, cutting diplomatic and transport ties with the tiny Gulf monarchy, after accusing it of financing militant groups and allying with their regional arch-foe Iran.
US intelligence agencies confirmed in May that the UAE government discussed a plan to breach Qatar government websites, according to the Post.
“The Washington Post story is not true, purely not true”, he said responding to a question after a speech at Chatham House in London.
Qatar has maintained its emir never made the remarks and that the quotes were planted by hackers. He said that the story “will die” in the next few days. The false reports said that the emir, among other things, had called Iran an “Islamic power” and praised Hamas…
The newspaper report, published online Sunday evening, cited unnamed US intelligence officials. UAE Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba denied the report in a statement, saying it was “false”, the Post said. “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”. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Qadafi. Such statements are at odds with the prevailing sentiment in the Gulf.
There’s little likelihood of a quick resolution to the Gulf standoff over Qatar as the emirate’s neighbors want a solution “that will stick”, according to a senior United Arab Emirates official.
United States investigators in June told CNN that they believed Russian hackers breached the Qatari sites and planted false information and quotes. Which made sense. After all, there’s no reason to believe that Qatar is any more guilty of abetting terrorism than Saudi Arabia is; America has little use for a diplomatic crisis between its Gulf state allies; and, most critically, the US runs its air operations over Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan from a giant military base outside Doha.
“You can not be both our friend and a friend of al-Qaeda”.
Gargash also repeated accusations that Qatar was trying to create instability in the region and even accused it of conspiring with jihadists against Saudi Arabia.
The next day President Trump, on a trip to Saudi Arabia, held a counter-terrorism meeting with Gulf Arab nation leaders, and shortly after that meeting the hacking operation was allegedly put into action.
They say Qatar has supported many radical groups.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with the Emir of Qatar, Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani in Doha, Qatar, on July 11.