Taliban’s Qatar office faces possible closure over reports on financing

Sunday, 10 December 2017

The Afghan government has begun investigations on the Taliban office based in Qatar following reports that it is being used to seek financial resources and propagate the group. Jawed Faisal, the spokesman for the Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, told TOLOnews newspaper that the government is assessing these allegations and will act accordingly once they are completed. “Reports indicate that this office is used for propaganda and for seeking financial resources for the ...

Kuwait’s summit and the axis beyond the GCC

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Not much was expected from the Gulf summit in Kuwait. For the Kuwaiti mediator, the meeting alone was an accomplishment regardless of the size of representation. The crisis with Qatar is escalating due to stubbornness and intransigence. What Qatar did during the past five days did not reflect any serious efforts to reach a decisive solution. Qatari platforms are all working against the coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen, and there’s fuss regarding its role in assassinating former ...

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

REPORT: One of 2026 bidders to replace Qatar for World Cup 2022

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Owing to geopolitical problems and suspicions of corruption, Qatar could lose the organization of its World Cup due in five years, a report in the Mexican press has revealed. If that were to happen, candidates for the World Cup 2026 -  the United States, Canada or Mexico, could then be favored by FIFA. In its December 4 edition, Mexican sports daily Record argues that FIFA is very concerned about the geopolitical situation in Qatar and is already thinking about a plan B for the organization ...

Indian trashed, jailed in Qatar for joining work late

Thursday, 7 December 2017

A 25-year-old man from Hyderabad, who was working as a driver in Qatar capital Doha, was allegedly beaten up by his employer for joining work late after a leave, according to Indian media. The employer allegedly lodged a false complaint against Mohammed Imran Ali Khan, a resident of Jahanuma in Phool Bagh area, for damaging his car, according to an Indianexpress report. Doha Police arrested Khan on the night of December 2 and he is in their custody since then, his father Mohammed Yousuf Ali Khan ...

Macron in Qatar to discuss terror financing

Thursday, 7 December 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Qatar on Thursday for an hours-long trip to the country amid a boycott of Doha by four Arab nations. Immediately after landing, Macron traveled to the vast al-Udeid Air Base, home to some 10,000 American troops and the forward headquarters of the US military’s Central Command. France also has a contingent of soldiers at the base, which is crucial to the ongoing fight against the ISIS group in Iraq and Syria and to the war in Afghanistan. Macron ...

The GCC summit in Kuwait survived while Doha didn’t

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Despite the blurred smiles among delegations, the Emir of Qatar could not hide his awkward position when he sat for the first time since the dispute broke out facing the ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. It is more than a disagreement. It is outright hostility. A day before the Kuwait summit, Qatar demonstrated animosity by supporting the Houthis in their war against Yemenis and Saudi Arabia. Yesterday, Qatar supported the killing of former President Ali Abdullah ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Jubeir leads Saudi delegation at GCC summit in Kuwait

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir is heading his country's delegation to the 38th Gulf summit in Kuwait, Kuwait Television reported on Tuesday. Kuwait’s official television showed footage of the Saudi foreign minister with the emir of Kuwait at the hall where the summit is taking place. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash is also leading the UAE’s delegation to the summit. Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani arrived in Kuwait to participate ...

Qatar foreign minister joins GCC counterparts in Kuwait meeting

Monday, 4 December 2017

Qatar's foreign minister met his Gulf Arab counterparts on Monday ahead of an annual summit in Kuwait, one of the highest official encounters since some of them cut diplomatic, trade and travel links with Doha six months ago. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said a day earlier that Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani would attend the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting on Dec. 5 and 6, despite the dispute within the group. The rift revolves ...

Qatar and the illusion of power

Monday, 4 December 2017

Politics has nothing to do with fake bravery and catchy slogans fueled by alleged victories, and pretending to fight for a struggle. It is quite simply, to be subjective and logical and to work on achieving the higher interest of the state. This is what the Qatari government lacks. Objectivity and rationality would say that four countries boycotting Qatar will have no negative consequences for it, especially with the kingdom being strong. It tackles its issues on its own and isn’t willing ...

Mohammed Al Shaikh

Saudi foreign minister lands in Kuwait, Qatar confirms GCC summit participation

Monday, 4 December 2017

Uncertainty continues to prevail on whether GCC countries will be attending the 38th GCC summit which is set to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday. Kuwait had invited the GCC countries and while Qatar confirmed its presence, the boycotting countries did not. On an earlier occasion, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain had said that they refuse to participate in any summit which includes Qatar. However, according to an Al Arabiya Channel correspondant on  Monday,  the Saudi Minister of ...

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