Gargash: Qatar promotes normalization rumors while having contacts with Israel
UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash slammed Qatar for promoting rumors that its neighbors are normalizing relations with Israel while Doha itself has contacts with it.
“Doha spreads and promotes normalization rumors about its neighbors while its contacts are documented and ongoing (with Israel). The most ones were the series of communication with Tel Aviv about Gaza,” Gargash said on Twitter, adding: “Fake news and partisan blindness are exposed.”
Israeli sources said Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman met secretly with Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in the end of June.
According to the sources, the meeting aimed to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip at a time when Israel’s leaders are discussing the ceasefire proposals with Hamas.
Asharq Al-Awsat daily quoted Israeli media outlets as saying that the meeting which was held in Cyprus looked into the possibility of establishing a port for the Gaza Strip as part of the deal to reach a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Strip.
Last week, the Israeli Channel 10 TV revealed that a secret meeting between Lieberman and Qatar’s envoy to Palestine Mohamad al-Ammadi also took place in Cyprus regarding Gaza.