Anti-Terror Quartet meeting underscores demands made in Qatar crisis

Updated 31 July 2017
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Anti-Terror Quartet meeting underscores demands made in Qatar crisis

MANAMA: The foreign ministers of the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ), which has raised concerns over Qatar’s alleged support of terror groups, have underscored the series of demands on Doha it deems necessary to end the diplomatic crisis.
Ministers of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain met in Manama on Sunday as part of their ongoing consultations regarding the rift.
They urged Doha to stop its support and funding of terrorism, and to desist in providing safe haven for outlaws and those convicted of terrorism, financing them, promoting hatred and incitement, and interfering in the internal affairs of regional countries.
The ministers of the four countries reviewed the latest developments regarding the Qatari crisis and the communications they conducted at regional and international levels.
They underscored the importance of the six principles required of Doha, as declared at a previous meeting in Cairo. The ministers also underlined the importance of enforcing the 2013 and 2014 Riyadh Agreements, which have not been implemented by Qatar.
The four countries also highlighted the importance of Qatar complying with the 13 demands previously listed in order to achieve security on the regional and international levels.
Saudia Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt expressed their readiness for dialogue with Qatar with the condition that it declares its genuine and practical willingness to stop supporting and funding terrorism and extremism.
The four countries confirmed that all the measures taken against Qatar are in line with their sovereignty and international law. They praised the role played by the Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, to resolve the Qatari crisis within an Arab framework.
They also denounced Qatar’s taken actions to prevent its nationals from performing Haj this year, and praised the assistance provided by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to welcome all pilgrims.
The ministers agreed to carry on consultations and coordination on this matter during their next meetings.
The meeting of foreign ministers was attended by Saudi Arabia’s Adel Al-Jubeir, the UAE’s Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Egypt’s Sameh Shoukry and Bahrain’s Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmad bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa.


Turkey bans rally for Kurdish MP on hunger strike

A member of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) reacts next to policemen during a demonstration in solidarity with a HDP lawmaker on hunger strike in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir, on February 15, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 16 February 2019
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Turkey bans rally for Kurdish MP on hunger strike

  • Ocalan, one of the founders of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that has waged a bloody insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984, has not been allowed to see his lawyers since 2011

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey: Turkish police on Friday prevented supporters from rallying outside the home of a pro-Kurdish lawmaker on hunger strike for 100 days.
The protest bid coincides with the 20th anniversary of the capture of Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan, who is jailed in a notorious prison island near Istanbul.
Leyla Guven of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), launched her action on Nov. 8 while in jail to protest against Ocalan’s prison conditions.
She was freed last month under judicial supervision but continued her protest, refusing any treatment. Guven, 55, is consuming only sugared or salted water.
Police on Friday blocked supporters from approaching Guven’s house in the Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir after a rally called by the HDP, an AFP correspondent said.
“The biggest task ahead of us today is to turn every aspect of life into an arena for struggle and support hunger strikes at the highest level,” HDP MP Dilan Dirayet Tasdemir said.
“This dark picture and severe conditions of fascism can only be broken through our organized struggle,” Tasdemir said.
More than 200 prisoners are on hunger strike to protest what they call Ocalan’s isolation, according to the HDP.
Ocalan, one of the founders of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that has waged a bloody insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984, has not been allowed to see his lawyers since 2011.
The PKK is blacklisted as a terror group by Ankara and its Western allies.
Ocalan was caught in Kenya outside the Greek Embassy in Nairobi on Feb. 15, 1999 by Turkish secret service agents after attempting to seek asylum in Europe.
Turkish authorities last month allowed Ocalan’s brother Mehmet to see him, the first visit in over two years.