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WATCH: Qatar’s ambassador confused when asked about ‘al-Qaeda funder’

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Ever since Gulf and Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt had severed ties with Qatar last week, Doha tried to make efforts to deny funding terrorism suspicions against it, particularly through diplomatic channels in a number of Western countries, specifically the United States.

However, it did not seem to work, especially after statements by US President Donald Trump, on Friday that confirmed Qatar’s history with funding terrorism.

Qatar’s ambassador in Washington, Meshal bin Hamad al-Thani, was confused in an interview a few days ago on CNN when he was asked about his country’s funding of terrorism.

Perhaps this confusion was obvious when the ambassador hesitated to answer the question about the “status” of Saad bin Saad al-Kaabi, who is accused of funding al-Qaeda. The Qatari ambassador repeated the same answer, which did not in fact provide a clear reason why Qatar did not sue al-Kaabi, who is listed on the terrorism list by the Gulf and USA.

When the ambassador was asked whether Qatar was prosecuting Saad bin Saad al-Kaabi for funding al-Qaeda or whether he was arrested or imprisoned, the ambassador tried to divert by saying that the Qatari judiciary was prosecuting several cases related to terrorism funding cases, he repeated his answer twice.

Two days ago, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt issued a detailed statement of Qatari individuals and entities supporting and funding terrorism. Among those names was Saad bin Saad al-Kaabi, who is considered one of the funders of al-Qaeda.

Al-Kaabi organized fund-raising campaigns for al-Qaeda in Syria under the “Al-Sham Supply” campaign, with the assistance of other Qataris.

Since 2015, the United Nations has included Saad al-Kaabi on the sanctions lists for collecting money on behalf of al-Qaeda militants in Syria.