Calls in Tunisia to hold minister accountable for financing terrorism with Qatari funds

Sunday, 18 February 2018

A Tunisian parliamentary bloc called for holding Tunisian defense minister accountable for the issue of financial transfers attributed to a retired Qatari officer. The case against Abdel Karim al-Zubaidi also involves opening an account in a bank branch in Tataouine in 2014, and the use of these suspicious funds by several associations and personalities accused of supporting terrorism. In this regard, Sahbi Ben Faraj, the leader of the Tunisian Project Movement parliamentary bloc, said that ...

Despite Turkish reservations, Qatar, ExxonMobil plan oil drilling off Cyprus

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Following Qatar’s signing of a deal with US petroleum company ExxonMobil in 2017 to explore oil and gas off the coast of Cyprus, a Turkish energy expert said that Turkish President Erdogan should warn Qatar of going ahead with the deal as Turkey is known for blocking oil exploration on their territory, according to Ahval News newspaper. Turkish Coast Guard vessels had prevented the Italian energy company, Eni, from drilling near Cyprus, which caused tensions to rise between both countries. ...

Qatari Emir says crisis with Gulf states ‘useless’, UAE says Emir is ‘confused’

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Following the speech of Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, before the Munich Security Conference, the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, said that he hopes the Emir will “return to his senses” and stop supporting terrorism. During his speech, Sheikh Hamad said that the crisis between his country and other Gulf states, including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, is “useless”, adding that Qatar is “stronger than ever ...

EXCLUSIVE: Tunisia probes Qatar involvement in dubious funding in North Africa

Friday, 16 February 2018

An investigation has been opened in the Tunisian Parliament by deputies to uncover and prosecute the parties and entities involved in the case of the “suspicious” financial transfers carried out by an officer in Qatar’s armed forces for purposes related to the financing of terrorism and fueling chaos and instability in Tunisia and the region. The new documents revealed by the deputy from the Al Hurra parliamentary bloc, the representative of the movement Machrou Tunis, Sahbi ...

Qatar airways boss predicts losses, blames Arab boycott

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Qatar Airways' chief executive admitted on Tuesday that the carrier will post a loss this year due to the fact that the four boycotting Arab countries have severed land, air and sea links with Qatar. Akbar al-Baker said that the ban on Qatar's flagship airline flying to neighboring Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt since last summer has forced it to fly longer routes through Turkey and Iran, and has hit the company's bottom line. "We have increased maintenance costs ...

418 companies shut down in Qatar in one month

Monday, 12 February 2018

Qatar’s Ministry of Economy and Commerce published its periodic report on internal trade, which revealed that a total of 418 companies shutdown their operations in Qatar in January, 14 percent of which were new companies that were registered in the same month. Construction companies topped the list with 36 percent of that sector closing down, followed by the electronic appliances at 18 percent, common goods and grocery stores. The report, which Al Arabiya received a copy of, showed that 41 ...

Qatar promises Jewish leaders not to broadcast film on Zionist lobby

Friday, 9 February 2018

Some officials in Qatar reportedly promised a Jewish American delegation to Doha late last year not to broadcast a documentary about the Israeli lobby in Washington, five sources close to pro-Israeli circles in the US told the Haaretz newspaper. The reason being attributed to this promise is Qatar's plan to improve its image, especially in the United States, following the boycott by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt in June last year. READ ALSO: Why are prominent Jewish figures ...

Inviting affection, the Qatari way

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

We no longer hear much about the dispute with Qatar except from Qatar’s side. Doha’s rivals are now paying attention to other issues like Iran, Yemen and their international and regional relations.This has angered Qatar which wants its dispute with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt to be an affair that occupies the international public opinion.Sovereign rights allow each country to be free when choosing friends and whom it wants to open its markets to. Preventing the Saudi ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Pakistan’s Council of Scholars deplores new Qatari attempts to ‘politicize’ Hajj

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The Council of Pakistani Scholars has denounced new attempts by Qatar to politicize the Muslim Hajj pilgrimage, which was seen during the Hajj season last year. The head of the Council of Pakistani Scholars Sheikh Taher Mahmoud al-Ashrafi said that the attempt to “politicize Hajj” and the Two Holy Mosques is a dangerous plot that shows the “State of Qatar following in the footsteps of Iran, which has called for this malicious attempt before.” In July, Saudi ...

On freezing of Tawakkol Karman’s membership

Monday, 5 February 2018

The Yemeni Islah Party (whose solid nucleus is the Muslim Brotherhood) recently said it had nothing to do with Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman’s comments and stances against the Arab coalition in Yemen.Tawakkol Karman’s ties to the agenda of the Qatari-Turkish “spring” and its Brotherhood affiliates are well-known. Like Wael Ghonim, her image was internationally embellished by leftist parties in support of the Arab Spring powers, which mainly consist of the Muslim ...

Mashari Althaydi

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