Qatar crisis set to run as bloc seeks solution `that will stick'

Yousef al-Otaiba

Yousef al-Otaiba

The UAE has been accused of hacking the Qatari government's news and social media sites, posting comments which triggered the Gulf crisis.

The Post said officials became aware of the UAE's role in the hack after newly analyzed information gathered by members of the USA intelligence community revealed senior members of UAE's government discussed the plans and how to implement the attack.

A day later, a story on the Qatari News Agency's website quoted a speech by Qatar's emir in which he allegedly praised Iran and Israel.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar on 5 June, cutting diplomatic and transport ties, accusing it of financing extremist groups and allying with Iran.

"The UAE had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking described in the article", according to the statement.

The Washington Post has yet another great informative story - this time about the suspicion that the UAE is behind a hack of Qatar and that the hack was, itself, part of a plan to stir up the Gulf.

"What is true is Qatar's behavior".

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Without the hotline, the two militaries have no means of communicating quickly and directly to avoid an unintended conflict. After the North fired an ICBM on July 4, Moon quickly condemned the launch as a "reckless" and "irresponsible" provocation.

The hacked emails allegedly reveal the UAE's efforts over the years to sway United States policymakers to its side of the dispute against Qatar. Qatar has rebuffed the demands and has denied the bloc's allegation that it funds terrorism.

He again suggested the structure of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the six-member defence and trading bloc, is not sustainable and denied reports that the UAE had threatened Federation Internationale de Football Association over continuing to allow Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup. "Inciting violence, encouraging radicalisation, and undermining the stability of its neighbours".

While there is similarly no verifiable proof in the Sunday report by Washington Post, it also cites a recent leak of the UAE's ambassador's emails, released by the GlobalLeaks hacking group.

Arab states that have cut ties with Qatar vowed Wednesday to maintain their boycott of the emirate, criticising its "negative" response to their list of demands to end the diplomatic crisis.

Qatar has been subjected to a diplomatic and economic blockade that the USA government says could compromised U.S. efforts against so-called Islamic State.

"We can't tolerate such direct and overt support of extremist ideologies", he said, noting that more pressures have to be piled over such nations to change course. But given that USA support has not been as forthright as expected and Qatar is still holding out, it's not clear yet whether the Saudi-led bloc's use of these tools has been effective.

Gargash hailed Qatar's decision last week to sign a memorandum of understanding on terrorist financing with the United States as "a positive development" by the foreign minister.

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