Washington-based national security expert Richard Miniter, who is said to be close to the Trump administration, has stressed that the Prime Minister of Qatar, Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, should not be trusted.
“Qatar is playing a double game, saying it is against terrorism when speaking in English to President Trump, and supporting known terrorist financiers and offering congratulations to them in Arabic. When you say one thing in English and the opposite thing in Arabic, you can be trusted by no one,” Miniter said recently.
Miniter is an award-winning investigative journalist, bestselling author, radio host, public speaker and world traveler.
He is the author of two New York Times best-selling books on terrorism, Losing bin Laden and Shadow War.
His latest book “Mastermind,” is the first biography of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed – who planned the Sept. 11 attacks and virtually every other major al-Qaeda attack.
Last week, Al Arabiya reported that know terrorist financier Abdulrahman al-Nuaimi had been leading a normal life despite having just been designated as a terrorist by his own country a month earlier.
Why Nuaimi was not arrested?
Miniter wondered why Nuaimi was not arrested during his son’s wedding.
“When Qatar’s royal family received a wedding invitation for the son of a wanted terror financier, it should have dispatched the police instead of sending its ruling Emir and other royals. After all, Abdulrahman al-Nuaimi is not only on the wanted terrorist lists of the US and EU, but of Qatar itself,” he said.
Al Arabiya’s recent expose on Qatar’s open relationship between government officials and known terrorist financiers, some of whom are on Doha’s on terror sponsor list, has shed light on the country’s lack of seriousness about addressing its ties and support of extremists groups.