Qatar’s support for extremist groups and its policies are the subject of an article published on Monday by the UAE Ambassador to the US in a leading newspaper.
“It is a striking and dangerous contradiction: Qatar invests billions of dollars in the US and Europe and then recycles the profits to support Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and groups linked to Al-Qaeda” wrote Ambassador Yousuf al-Otaiba in an Op-Ed piece in The Wall Street Journal.
Otaiba explained that the recent quadrant statement, and the position taken by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain to cut diplomatic ties with Doha, was an expression of a collective frustration with Qatar’s actions and dual policies.
A double-faced stand cannot continue. Qatar should decide whether it is "fully" with the war on extremism or not. Qatar has supported extremists and was their home for years, he wrote in the column.
First in the mid-1990s, it sheltered the famous terrorist Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, who later became the mastermind of the September 11 attacks.
Now Qatar hosts and promotes Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, and Khaled Meshaal, the leader of Hamas, which is classified as a terrorist organization in America.
Al-Otaiba wrote: “Qatar hosts the American military base from which the US directs the regional war against extremism, yet it also owns media networks responsible for inciting many of the same extremists.”
According to him, Doha is required today to end its funding to extremists, stop conspiring against neighboring countries, and to terminate its hostile media and radicalization. “If Qatar sows the wind, it will reap the whirlwind,” Otaiba said.