Bahrain interior minister: Qatar govt policy threatens GCC security

Shaikh Rashid said the four countries that boycotted Qatar — Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain — took this position in order to preserve security and stability. (AP)
Updated 08 August 2017
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Bahrain interior minister: Qatar govt policy threatens GCC security

JEDDAH: Bahrain’s Interior Minister has said that Qatar poses a threat to the security of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries due to its political interference and “harboring extremist and terrorist elements.”
In an interview with the pan-Arab Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa also referred to the Iranian interference in the domestic affairs of Bahrain.
With regard to the Qatari intervention in Bahrain, Sheikh Rashid pointed out that “Qatar continues to interfere in the domestic affairs of Bahrain and spies on its security and military forces, which threatens Bahraini national security.”
Shaikh Rashid added that Qatar has continued to naturalize Bahraini families, which affects Bahrain’s social security.
“Qatar also blocked a project to build a bridge between Bahrain and Qatar. It did not deliver its share in the Gulf support program, like its GCC counterparts. It banned the export of gas to Bahrain. We were forced to contract with Russia to import it,” Shaikh Rashid said.
He also stressed that Qatar’s serious threats to the security of its neighbors exceeded the limits of national sovereignty. “It affected the strength and homogeneity of the security front of the GCC states in light of the challenges facing the region.”
He also mentioned that the four countries that boycotted Qatar — Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain — took this position in order to preserve security and stability.
The minister stressed that Iran was guilty of “the export of intellectual and sectarian extremism to create a base in Bahrain.”
He pointed to “Tehran’s export of extremist ideology, smuggling of weapons and explosives, transfer of explosives technology, and training of Bahraini persons on how to use weapons, explosives and field skills.”
He pointed out that these interventions include the continued hostile statements by the Iranian officials.
“Iran’s satellite channels and all means of media are working around the clock to spread hatred, dissemination of rumors and distorting facts to serve its agenda in the region.”
Shaikh Rashid said however that the security situation in Bahrain today is generally safe and stable.
“To indicate that the security situation is stable, we are receiving larger numbers of visitors than any time. This is the best witness to the ... safe situation in the country.”


Turkish opposition accused of insulting Erdogan via cartoons

Updated 18 July 2018
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Turkish opposition accused of insulting Erdogan via cartoons

  • Insulting the president is a crime punishable by up to four years in prison in Turkey
  • Erdogan filed close to 2,000 lawsuits against people for alleged insults

ANKARA: Turkey’s state-run news agency says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has filed complaints against the main opposition party leader and 72 legislators accusing them of insults for posting and sharing a cartoon on social media that depicts him as a variety of different animals.
Anadolu Agency said complaints were filed Wednesday against Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who posted the cartoon on Twitter, and other officials who shared it in support of four university students arrested for holding up a poster of the same caricature during their graduation ceremony.
Insulting the president is a crime punishable by up to four years in prison in Turkey.
Erdogan filed close to 2,000 lawsuits against people for alleged insults, dropping many following a failed military coup in 2016 as a goodwill gesture, but filing many others since.