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Saudi Information Minister: Qatar’s game of collusion revealed to the world

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Saudi Arabia's Information and Culture Minister Awaad Al-Awaad has said that Qatar has played a ‘game of sabotage and collusion with the most dangerous terrorist movements,” that has finally been revealed.

In statements made to Italian newspaper la Repubblica, Awaad said that " Qatar regime has supported terrorism and created a negative environment that has increased the security danger to the region and has become a threat to the security and stability of the Gulf States and the neighboring countries because of the continuous support for terrorism and funding terrorist organizations throughout the Arab world and the Gulf region, like Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Nusra Front, the Muslim Brotherhood and Hezbollah, and even hosting Taliban on its territory”.

“Qatar has rejected the demands of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and UAE, they showed no intention of giving up its support for terrorism," Awwad said, adding: "They have rejected all diplomatic means to resolve this crisis and this is a very important issue regarding the Saudi security. Qatar has become a threat to national security it is essential to change its direction because with its current policies it can no longer be a part of the group that supports security, stability, spreading of peace and global coexistence.”

The Saudi minister noted that Saudi Arabia has committed itself to a strict and transparent policy in its confrontation against terrorism since the terrorist act that hit the kingdom in 1996 after the bombing of Al-Khobar Towers, which killed 36 people, including 19 Americans.

“We reject the allegation that we support religious violence and extremism and ask those who claim this to provide concrete evidence of that. Anyone who can give us evidence of the involvement of these criminals will help us apply the law on terrorists, on the other hand Qatar funds terrorist groups directly through the Qatari government, not only through some of its institutions,” he said.