GCC denies allegations on aiding terror, supports Qatar’s World Cup bid

GCC ministers speak out against the “hateful campaign” against Qatar hosting the World Cup

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The Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) Ministerial Council hit out on Thursday at what it has called a hateful campaign against the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The council also renounced extremism in all forms, after rejecting accusations that its members supported terrorism and reaffirming its involvement in the global fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The council issued this statement at the end of the GCC foreign ministers meeting held under the chairmanship of Dr Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, Qatar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs along with Secretary-General Dr Abdullatif Bin Rashid Al Zayani and other foreign ministers.

Neighboring Gulf countries reaffirmed their support for the scheduled Qatar 2022 World Cup tournament, which will be the first to be hosted in the Middle East.

In a joint statement the Ministerial Council said: “The GCC countries stand with Qatar in solidarity and with full support to the hosting of this International sporting event, a hosting that Qatar has won with great merit and through a honest competition as testified by everybody.”

The council reiterated its commitment to the fight against terrorist groups and their ideologies, the council added that Islam not to blame.

It also stated that part of the internal and external policy of the GCC countries was tolerance and coexistence among nations.

Meanwhile The Executive Committee of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Global Counter-Terrorism Conference organized by the Muslim World League and the First World Summit on Combating Violent Extremism, called for a concerted international effort, as well as the coordination of military operations to counter extremism and terrorism, and it added that all had a part to play in supporting Islam and denouncing terrorist extremism.

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