Gulf crisis boils over at Cairo meeting


Qatar's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan Bin Saad Al-Muraikhi triggered the provocation by justifying his country's relations with Iran, saying it is a "decent country'".

At an Arab League meeting in Cairo today, a Qatari diplomat claimed that "dogs" backed by "some regimes" are waging a media campaign against his country.

"May God harmonise between their hearts for the good of their people", Ouda said on Twitter after a report of a telephone call between Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss ways to resolve the rift which began in June. He also stressed the steadfast stand of Qatar against terrorism in all its types and forms. The contract is worth $50,000 per month. Saudi Arabia, which has accused Qatar of funding terrorism, has 20 firms on retainer.

Sheikh Salman al-Awdah was arrested over the weekend following a series of posts on Twitter calling for an end of the diplomatic spat between Saudi Arabia, its allies United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Egypt and Qatar, according to social media accounts relayed by media.

On Friday, the Emir of Qatar contacted Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is recently elevated to the rank of Crown Prince, by phone to discuss the list of demands issued to Doha by the Saudi led quartet.

UAE's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Obaid Salem al-Zaabi said in a joint statement that the "Qatari minister's claims about his government's bias to human rights and the nations' right to determine their fate is an attempt to improve its image before the worldwide community and the global public opinion without changing its hostile policies".

He said that the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt were using their right to reply to comments by the Qatari foreign minister.

"Meanwhile, the foreign ministers" meeting witnessed exchange of words between Saudi and Qatari delegates. The Ho-Chunk said the Stockbridge-Munsee Community does not have the standing to sue.

He stressed that Japan was one of the most important trading partners of Qatar.

Al-Muraikhi appreciated Japan's steadfast and supportive stands for Arab issues, foremost among which is the support of the Palestinian people's right to self-determination, the establishment of their independent state, the implementation of global resolutions, condemnation and denunciation of the Israeli settlement activities and their violation of worldwide law. He pointed out that bilateral trade exceeded $12bn during the past year.