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U.S envoy met the Taliban representatives in Qatar

1397/7/23 | 13:11
  According to a Wall Street Journal report, a U.S envoy met with the Taliban representatives in Qatar to push forward the stagnant dialogue process. The Journal, citing a person familiar with the gathering, said U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad met with Taliban officials in Doha, the second time in four months that American officials have held face-to-face talks with Taliban representatives.   Though the agenda of the meeting was not revealed in the WSJ report, it is not quite difficult ...

Qatar Airways will continue flights to Iran, unfazed by US sanctions

1397/7/17 | 13:11
  Qatar Airways Group has expressed its commitment to continuing flights to Iran, saying it will not be affected by the US sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Addressing a high-profile business conference in the Qatari capital of Doha on Monday, the airline's Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said services to Iran would continue despite a tightening economic and political squeeze on Iran by the United States. "Aviation is not a sanctioned industry, Qatar Airways will continue to operate into the cities we are currently operating in ...

LNG Accord: Are Pak-Qatar ties in danger?

1397/7/15 | 13:11
  LG According to news reports, Qatar has urged the new PTI led the Pakistani government not to discuss the LNG Terminal accord which was signed between a Qatari and Pakistani company in the Parliament. In case the issue was brought under discussion in the Parliament, this would be tantamount to violation of agreement and Qatar would not only suspend the supply of energy but no relations would be established in future, sources revealed. The letter was sent in order to justify the Sharif’s family position in the Panama scandal but the ...

What’s behind Qatar’s shift towards Israel? (Part 2)

1397/7/10 | 13:11
  One of the lobbyists working for Qatar in the US last year was Nick Muzin, who at one stage was paid an eye-watering $300,000 a month for his services. As reported at The Electronic Intifada, the main result of Muzin’s work seems to have been a steady flow of hard-right and Zionist American political figures visiting Qatar for cosy junkets including, in some cases, lengthy audiences with the Emir himself. These have included Alan Dershowitz, former presidential primary candidate Mike Huckabee and Morton Klein himself. Klein – ever ...

What is behind Qatar’s shift towards Israel? (Part 1)

1397/7/9 | 13:11
  Over the past year or so, the tiny Gulf state of Qatar has been getting increasingly close to pro-Israel figures from the United States.   Things are so bad that Qatar last year donated a quarter of a million dollars to some of America’s mostly rabidly anti-Palestinian, hard-right Zionist organisations, including the Zionist Organisation of America, whose president Morton Klein this month slandered Palestinians in openly racist terms as “filthy Arab[s]”. A pro-Israel policy is something of a departure for the small, gas-rich ...

Qatar and Saudi Arabia come closer against Iran under US patronage

1397/7/8 | 13:11
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought the foreign ministers from feuding Gulf powerhouses Saudi Arabia and Qatar together under the same roof on Friday as he hosted a meeting of Washington's Arab allies.   In a statement issued after the meeting on the sidelines of the ongoing UN General Assembly, the State Department said “all participants agreed on the need to confront threats from Iran directed at the region and the United States.” “We all have a shared interest in a wide range of security issues — defeating ISIS, Al-Qaeda, ...

Qatar’s monarch slams Saudi-led blockade as flagrant violation of intl. law

1397/7/4 | 13:11
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has censured the ongoing Saudi-led diplomatic and trade boycott against his energy-rich Persian Gulf kingdom, describing the move as a flagrant violation of the international law. Addressing world leaders at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, Sheikh Tamim said the blockade is "paralyzing" Arab nations and has only caused "our region to remain hostage to marginal differences." He pointed out that Doha remains open to "unconditional dialogue." "We hope that ...

Bannon: Saudi, Egypt, UAE prepared to occupy Qatar

1397/6/29 | 13:11
  The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt were planning to invade and occupy Qatar, remarks made by the Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon confirm. Made 10 months ago, during a meeting at Hudson Institute, a conservative American think tank, Bannon said US President Donald Trump’s summit with Arab leaders in Riyadh held in May discussed a plan to occupy Qatar. His comments only surfaced this weekend. “We went into the summit with UAE, Saudi Arabia and others; the number one thing was that we must take care of this financing ...

Top Muslim organization censures Riyadh regime’s bid to execute dissident cleric

1397/6/15 | 13:11
An international organization of Muslim scholars headquartered in Qatar has condemned Saudi Arabia for its attempts to execute a senior Muslim preacher as a brutal crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against intellectuals and political dissidents widens in the conservative oil-rich kingdom. “What is going on in Saudi Arabia is strange beyond belief” as the kingdom is arresting and trying Muslim scholars, the pan-Arab al-Araby al-Jadeed media outlet quoted Secretary General of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), ...

UAE used Israeli spyware to target regional rivals: Report

1397/6/11 | 13:11
The United Arab Emirates has reportedly been using an Israeli phone-hacking program to spy on several Arab figures, among them the Qatari emir, Lebanese prime minister and a Saudi prince. The New York Times reported on Friday that Israeli software company NSO Group and affiliates had actively participated in cyber attacks on individuals sought by the UAE using the controversial Pegasus spyware to turn their smart phones into surveillance devices. Two lawsuits have been filed against the company in Israel and Cyprus by a Qatari citizen as ...

Saudi Arabia to turn Qatar into island by digging new canal

1397/6/10 | 13:11
  A high-ranking Saudi official says his country is seriously considering constructing a canal that would turn tiny neighbor Qatar into an island, amid the ongoing Saudi-led diplomatic and trade boycott against the energy-rich Persian Gulf kingdom. “As a citizen, I am impatiently waiting for the details of the implementation of the East Salwa island project. This great and historic project will change the region's geography,” Saud al-Qahtani, a senior adviser to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, wrote on his Twitter page on Friday. The ...

Qatari envoy: Saudi, UAE working with al-Qaeda extremists in Yemen

1397/6/9 | 13:11
  Qatar's envoy to the US attacks Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over revelations about their secret dealings with al-Qaeda extremists in Yemen, saying the duo is putting regional peace at risk by allowing the Takfiri terror group to "flourish" in the war-torn country. In an opinion piece published by The Washington Post on Wednesday, Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani said Riyadh and Abu Dhabi are busy cutting deals with al-Qaeda terrorists operating in Yemen instead of making efforts to restore peace to the Arabian Peninsula ...

UAE hits out at Qatar’s pledge to invest in Turkey

1397/5/27 | 13:11
UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash has hit out at Qatar’s pledge to make a $15 billion direct investment in Turkey. In a post on his Twitter page, Gargash referred to a recent visit to Ankara by the Qatari emir and his pledge to help Turkey overcome an ongoing currency crisis and described it as an attempt to “buy sovereignty”. “Full sovereignty cannot be bought with money but is achieved by establishing sincere and reliable relations with surrounding countries,” Gargash said in his tweet, the daily Gulf News reported. . The ...

Exposed: Saudi, UAE planned to capture Doha

1397/5/11 | 13:11
  Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were planning to attack Qatar last year at the onset of the diplomatic crisis which led to the blockade of the Persian Gulf nation. A report published by The Intercept revealed on Wednesday that the plot, which was largely devised by Saudi Arabia and the UAE's crown princes, involved Saudi ground troops entering Qatar, and with support from the UAE army, advancing 100 kilometers inland and seizing the Qatari capital. According to a US intelligence official, Qatari intelligence agents inside ...

Top US official meets Afghan Taliban in Qatar

1397/5/7 | 13:11
  Taliban officials told several US media outlets on Saturday that they have held face-to-face meetings with American diplomats in Doha last week. The New York Times (NYT), The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and Voice of America (VOA) reported that Alice Wells, the top US diplomat for South Asia, led the US team in these talks. The NBC News television channel reported last week that five US diplomats participated in these talks with Taliban representatives and that some meetings were also held in Afghanistan and UAE. NYT described the meetings ...

US meeting Taliban members, says report

1397/4/31 | 13:11
  US officials are meeting former Taliban members as the Trump administration has intensified its efforts to seek a negotiated settlement of America’s longest war, the US media reported on Saturday. In a joint report by its correspondents in Kabul, Peshawar and Washington, NBC News claimed that the meetings took place at undisclosed locations in Afghanistan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. At least five Americans participated in a series of recent meetings in hotel suites in Doha, Qatar, the report added, quoting “three senior ...

Emirati prince hiding in Qatar accuses UAE rulers of blackmail and corruption

1397/4/25 | 13:11
  An Emirati prince has sought asylum in Qatar after fleeing his country over claims that his life was in danger because of a dispute with the UAE's rulers. According to the New York Times on Sunday, Sheikh Rashid bin Hamad al-Sharqi, 31, is the second son of the emir of Fujairah and arrived in Doha on May 16. Sheikh Rashid accuses Emirati leaders of blackmail and corruption, but does not seem to have evidence to support his claims. Reports of the prince's defection to Qatar began to circulate in May. He also noted that tensions were ...

Qatar funding pro-Israel US organisations

1397/4/21 | 13:11
  Qatar has donated $250,000 to some of the most extreme pro-Israel organisations in the US, a report by the Electronic Intifada has revealed. The sums are believed to have been transferred by Joseph Allaham, a lobbyist working for the Qatari government, specifically through his firm Lexington Strategies, with some of the sums being paid as recently as early 2018. The sums include $100,000 to the Zionist Organisation of America (ZOA), $100,000 to Our Soldiers Speak, an organisation that describes itself as the “vehicle through which ...

Qatar, UAE to join US war in Afghanistan

1397/4/19 | 13:11
  Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are to join the longest conflict in US history, by supporting the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan. Abu Dhabi and Doha will be part of a multi-nation fight codenamed “Operation Resolute Support”, according to the Washington Post. Both Gulf countries will focus on training and advising Afghan forces. Official numbers on how many troops will be deployed has not been disclosed but the military inclusion is set to be approved next week during NATO’s ministerial meeting in Brussels. Both Qatar ...

Hamas denies Qatari mediation with Israel

1397/4/10 | 13:11
Hamas has denied any Qatari mediation between the movement and Israel related to the blockade on the Gaza Strip and Israelis captured by the resistance in the territory, Arabi21reported on Friday. An official of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, who requested anonymity, told the news website that the reports about Hamas’s agreement on a Qatari proposal “are incorrect”. He refused to give more details about this issue, said the London-based site. Media reports had earlier claimed that Hamas had accepted a proposal offered by ...

Hajj observation committee condemns Saudi ban on Qataris and Syrians

1397/4/2 | 13:11
  The International Committee for Observing Hajj Administration has condemned Saudi Arabia’s ban on Qatari and Syrian citizens performing the pilgrimage, Echoroukonline.com reported on Friday.   The Saudis have prevented Syrians from performing the Hajj for seven years, and Qataris for the second year running, for what are said to be purely political reasons. According to Al-Quds Al-Arabi, the committee added that such a ban is against the Shari’ah, as well as international law. The committee called for the participation ...

How a beggar reached to a Iran bound flight?

1397/3/30 | 13:11
A bizarre video showing a man begging on board an Iran-bound flight from Qatar went viral on the social media on Tuesday. Sources at Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have quashed the rumours that the “beggar” was a Pakistani citizen. They said the video featuring the beggar on the Qatar Airways flight has nothing to do with Pakistan, adding that the video had been shot on a flight from Doha to Shiraz and not anywhere in Pakistan.   Earlier, social media users speculated that the incident had taken place on a Bangkok-bound ...

Iran president rules out military approach to Yemen crisis

1397/3/29 | 13:11
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says a military approach will fail to resolve the Yemeni crisis, stressing the importance of restoring stability and security to the war-ravaged country and the entire Middle East through political channels. In a telephone conversation with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Monday, Rouhani warned that the recent unprecedented attacks by a Saudi-led military coalition and militia loyal to the former Yemeni government on the western province of Hudaydah would lead to a humanitarian crisis in the impoverished ...

Soccer diplomacy: Is Putin looking for a thaw between Iran and Saudi Arabia?

1397/3/25 | 13:11
Just a few months ago, as news of the poisoning of a Russian double agent in Salisbury broke, the prospect of a significant World Cup boycott was real. Today, while Western leaders are hardly lining up to lend their faces to the Russian celebrations, those fears have not materialised. And the Kremlin is instead hoping that for the next month it will be at the centre of the global stage.   During the course of the championship, as Russia’s political beau monde mingles with world leaders, it is possible that a deal or two will be made. While ...

Qatar on Saudi war threat: World not living in law of the jungle era

1397/3/21 | 13:11
Qatar has hit out at Saudi threats of military action against its Persian Gulf neighbor if it acquires the Russian-made S-400 air defense system.   The reaction by Qatari Ambassador to Moscow Fahad bin Mohammed al-Attiyah came after reports that Saudi King Salman has threatened military action "to eliminate this defense system."  "We have heard about such statements in the world media, but we in Qatar reaffirm the principle of the sovereignty of states, their right to defend themselves, and to enter into legitimate deals with other ...

Russian S-400 in Qatar: Doha faces Washington’s anger

1397/3/16 | 13:11
In an interview with his Altalaya ministry magazine on Tuesday (June 5th), Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah expressed his country’s willingness to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization , NATO. “Doha could host NATO units or one of its specialized centers,” he said. According to this report, Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah announced that relations between Doha and NATO were growing. We have real relationships, he said. As for his country’s plan to create a common regional security system, he said: “Doha ...

Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of creating disturbance in Persian Gulf

1397/3/16 | 13:11
  The Qatari foreign minister has slammed Saudi Arabia’s alleged military threat against the country as “reckless behavior,” accusing Riyadh of creating “disturbance” in an already crisis-hit region. According to a report by French daily Le Monde on Friday, Saudi King Salman has written a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, threatening to take military action against Qatar if Doha purchases the S-400 aerial defense system from Russia. The Saudi king reportedly expressed his "profound concern" over ongoing negotiations ...

Saudi king threatens to wage war on Qatar over possible S-400 deal: Report

1397/3/12 | 13:11
  Saudi King Salman has reportedly threatened to take military action against Qatar if Doha purchases the S-400 aerial defense system from Russia. According to a report by French daily Le Monde on Friday, King Salman has written a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, expressing his "profound concern" over ongoing negotiations between Qatar and Russia for the sale of the advanced anti-aircraft weapon system. The Saudi king noted that Doha's acquisition of S-400 will jeopardize the security interests of Riyadh, urging France to intensify ...

Emirati prince approaches rival Qataris, seeks political asylum: Report

1397/3/10 | 13:11
The son of the Fujairah emirate of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reportedly approached Qatari officials and sought political asylum in the energy-rich Persian Gulf kingdom. According to a report published by Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Akhbar daily newspaper, Sheikh Rashid bin Hamad al-Sharqi, who is the Chairman of Fujairah Culture and Media Authority (FCMA), went to the Qatari Embassy in London on May 19, and requested asylum. An informed source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Emirati prince stayed at the Qatari ...

The defence budget

1397/2/16 | 13:11
  Myth number 1: Pakistan has a large military. Not true. There are at least 64 countries in the world that have more military personnel on a per capita basis than does Pakistan.   They are: Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Russia, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Libya, Kuwait, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Israel, Estonia, Vietnam, Slovenia, Botswana, Mongolia, Yemen, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Mauritania, Croatia, Chile, Somalia, Albania, Sao tome and Principe, Namibia, Angola, Cambodia, Uruguay, Bolivia, ...

Pay for US military presence in Syria or lose Washington support: Saudi to Qatar

1397/2/5 | 13:11
  Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says Qatar must pay for the US military presence in Syria if it wants to sustain Washington’s support. “Qatar has to pay for US military presence in Syria and send its military forces there, before the US president cancels US protection of Qatar," Jubeir said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Tuesday. He made the remarks hours after US President Donald Trump urged wealthy Middle Eastern countries to increase their spending in Syria in a bid to contain Iran ...

Qatar replacing UAE as hawala trade hub for Iran

1397/2/4 | 13:11
Iran will use Qatar to facilitate payment orders in foreign currencies, phasing out such operations in Dubai where restrictions imposed by the UAE government are making financial transactions difficult. “Several Iranian banks have opened accounts with Qatar National Bank, through which the transactions of payment orders in foreign currencies will be carried out,” Fars news agency reported Tuesday, citing what it described as a senior official at the Central Bank of Iran. “Due to the difficulties that have arisen with Dubai for foreign ...

Qatar’s allowing missiles to be fired from airbase shameful: Syrian official

1397/1/26 | 13:11
  Syria has condemned the "shameful" stance of the rulers of Qatar in supporting the recent US-led airstrikes on Damascus and allowing a Qatari airbase to be used for a part of the operation. A source at the Syrian Foreign and Expatriate Ministry told the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on Saturday that Qatar had allowed warplanes attacking Syria to take off from the US military's al-Udeid airbase in the Persian Gulf emirate. Al-Udeid airbase is the largest US military base in the Middle East. It also houses military personnel ...

Saudi-led boycotters stick to steep demands for Qatar: Report

1397/1/24 | 13:11
  A report says the Saudi-led quartet, which has imposed a blockade on Qatar over its close ties with Iran and Turkey, is sticking to its steep demands for Doha to meet before any normalization despite US attempts to end the rift in favor of a “united front” against Tehran. Citing foreign ministers of the four boycotters, Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported Thursday that Doha still needs to meet the 13 demands they had set out last year as “a necessary basis for the establishing [of] normal relations with Qatar.” Last ...

In own trap: Trump Demands Saudi King Quickly End Qatar Dispute

1397/1/23 | 13:11
  On Tuesday, President Trump surprised many by declaring Qatar an ally in the war on terror. President Trump, after all, had for the past year backed the Saudis in their anti-Qatar measures. Now, Trump wants the Saudis to make nice.   US officials are confirming President Trump called the Saudi King earlier this month and “demanded” that the kingdom and its allies in the GCC quickly resolve the ongoing Qatar dispute. Trump reportedly told the king that his position on Qatar “makes no sense.” Last year, with Trump backing ...

Saudi considering proposal to set up military base, nuclear waste site on Qatar border

1397/1/21 | 13:11
  Saudi Arabia could consider a proposal to dig a maritime canal along the kingdom's border with Qatar, turning the peninsula-nation into an island and transforming its only land border into a military zone and nuclear waste site, state-linked Saudi newspapers reported on Monday. The project has not been given official approval and faces many obstacles. Still, the proposal signals a new low in the 10-month-old feud between Qatar and a quartet of nations that includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain. The four ...

‘Saudis to build border canal to turn Qatar into island’

1397/1/18 | 13:11
  Amid its bitter diplomatic standoff with Doha, Saudi Arabia is reportedly working on a project to construct a maritime channel along the border with Qatar, practically turning the peninsula into an island. Saudi daily Sabq reported on Thursday that the Saudi plan is yet to receive official approval. A consortium of nine local firms is involved in the construction of the waterway that extends from Saudi Arabia’s Salwa region to Qatar’s Khawr Al-Udayd inlet, the report said. The channel, which is capable of handling all kinds of ...

Other countries have pulled back from the war in Yemen; why hasn’t Britain?

1397/1/15 | 13:11
  As the church bells rang in the New Year of 2018, Norway announced that it would be cutting arms sales to any country fighting in Yemen. A couple of weeks later, Germany said the same thing. The Netherlands and Sweden have also pulled out. Very early on in hostilities, Pakistan decided, based on a parliamentary vote, not to support its closest historical ally, Saudi Arabia, in continuing the war. Qatar has also withdrawn, albeit as part of the maelstrom of diplomacy that currently characterises Gulf geopolitics. With all of this disinterest ...

Pleasing US: Muhammad Bin Salman's so called moderation drive

1396/12/28 | 13:11
Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is set to meet with United States (US) President Donald Trump in Washington on Tuesday. Mutual rival Iran will be high on the agenda, but the 32-year-old strongman prince will also be looking to showcase his sweeping changes to Saudi society and an increasingly assertive foreign policy that includes the war in Yemen and an ongoing diplomatic feud with Qatar. Prior to his US visit, he gave an interview to CBS News which was aired on Sunday. The following are excerpts from the interview — the ...

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE directed 1996 foiled coup against Qatar

1396/12/24 | 13:11
  The second part of the Qatar ’96 documentary, which was first broadcast on Al Jazeera on Sunday, revealed the involvement of Sheikh Hamad, who at the time was crown prince of Bahrain, in attempting to overthrow the Qatari government 21 years ago. The investigation provided evidence of the involvement of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain in supporting the failed coup d’état. Fahd al-Maliki, a prominent leader of the coup attempt, said Bahrain’s Sheikh Hamad personally financed a series of sabotage operations ...

Trump invites Qatar to Camp David Summit

1396/12/21 | 13:11
  During the past 9 months of the diplomatic row between Qatar and the Saudi-led Arab bloc, the US has declined to follow a straight line of policy in dealing with this important regional case. The US President Donald Trump on June 9, 2017, harshly attacked Qatar and accused the Arab nation of supporting terrorism in the region in the highest level. However, the American real estate mogul-turned-president recently invited Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to attend the Camp David summit, scheduled for May, which will see also ...

Qatar complains to UN over UAE, Bahraini aircraft airspace violation

1396/12/20 | 13:11
  Qatar has issued a complaint to the United Nations over fresh violations of its air space by Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. According to the Qatar News Agency on Saturday, a UAE military transport aircraft carrier violated Qatari airspace on January 14 and again on February 25. On February 26, a Bahraini military plane also illegally entered Qatar's airspace. "Qatar called upon the Security Council and the United Nations to take the necessary measures... to maintain international peace and security," said the report. According ...

Did Trump’s son-in-law order Saudi-led blockade on Qatar?

1396/12/13 | 13:11
  According to whistle-blowing website, The Intercept, Kushner’s family-run real estate company tried to seek Qatari government financing for its troubled New York City property a month before Kushner backed a Saudi-led blockade on the country. Kushner Cos. directly solicited investment from Qatari Finance Minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi for its 666 Fifth Avenue luxury tower in April 2017, two sources in the finance industry told The Intercept. No deal came of it. The following month, Kushner and the White House supported a blockade of ...

No more jobs : Saudia's austerity measures against Pakistani workers

1396/12/11 | 13:11
  In a major setback, Pakistan’s human resource export has dropped by almost 40% in 2017 with Saudi Arabia having reduced the employment for Pakistani workers by over 2/3rd as against 2016. Official figures of the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment show that against 839,353 Pakistani workers registered for overseas employment through the Bureau in 2016, the total number of persons employed in 2017 (till November 30th) is 465,0586 showing a sharp decline. The government figures are really worrisome in the case of Saudi Arabia. ...

Riyadh’s detente signal to Qatar: Acceding to defeat or new trick?

1396/12/8 | 13:11
  After nearly eight months, the crisis in Saudi Arabia-Qatar relations continues to unfold as all of Kuwait’s mediatory moves proved to be a failure. Saudi Arabia along with its allies the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar in early June last year and imposed a blockade on the Persian Gulf Arab emirate for what they called Doha’s pro-terrorist policies and supporting Iranian policies in the region. The anti-Qatari move included an all-out sea, air, and ground embargo, and Riyadh did ...

Qatar to lose right to host World Cup: Saudi minister

1396/12/7 | 13:11
    Saudi Arabia’s sports minister has suggested that Qatar could be stripped of its right to host 2022 World Cup. Tweeting on Saturday, Turki Al Sheikh proposed that either the United Kingdom or the United States host the event. “I would extremely enjoy watching the World Cup if hosted in England or the USA,” he said. “If found guilty of any ethical violations, the Qatari government must accept the consequences of their actions,” he added, referring to an announcement by FIFA, which is expected to come in September, ...

Muslim scholars demand uprising over US embassy opening in al-Quds

1396/12/7 | 13:11
  An international organization of Muslim scholars headquartered in Qatar has called for a “public and official uprising” against a recent decision by the United States to move its embassy to occupied Jerusalem al-Quds in May. “We call for a Palestinian, Arab and Islamic uprising against this American aggression,” Secretary General of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), Ali al-Qaradaghi, said in a statement on Sunday. He added, “Jerusalem al-Quds is the cause of [our Muslim] nation and abandoning it or changing ...

Iran and Qatar launch joint chamber of commerce

1396/12/2 | 13:11
  Iran and Qatar joint chamber of commerce launched in Iran's Chamber by holding founding board meeting. Director General for Arab-African states in international department of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mine and Agriculture Shahram Khasipour said on Sunday that Iran and Qatar joint chamber of commerce launched in Iran’s Chamber by holding founding board meeting. He said that trade exchanges volume between the two countries in the past nine months exceeded 200 million dollars. Although this figure shows increase in comparison ...

Saudi regime used US firm in Cyberwar on Qatar

1396/11/23 | 13:11
  The Saudi regime used a United States based lobby firm to launch cyber-warfare against neighboring Qatar amid a worsening Persian Gulf crisis. According to reports, US lobbying firm Podesta Group and Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC) were behind an anti-Qatar website and twitter handle, which has been publishing fake and malicious news against Doha. Al Jazeera Arabic reporter Wjad Waqfi reported on her Twitter account that an official document sent to the US Department of Justice stated that Podesta Group had ...

Taliban invites US senator for ‘mutual talks’ in Doha

1396/11/23 | 13:11
  Taliban has invited a US senator for “mutual talks” in the Qatari capital Doha, where the so-called Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has an office. The terror group’s social media accounts extended the invitation to Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul over his latest comments about the United States’ long war in Afghanistan, The Washington Times reported Sunday. “We invite the respectable US Senator Rand Paul, in his official capacity to visit our political office in Doha for mutual talks,” read a Twitter post by the self-declared ...