Qatar ‘misleading’ world over diplomatic row, says UAE’s ambassador to UN

Ambassador Obaid Salem Al-Zaabi, the UAE’s permanent representative to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva. (Courtesy of the UAE Permanent Mission to the UN)
Updated 12 September 2017
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Qatar ‘misleading’ world over diplomatic row, says UAE’s ambassador to UN

GENEVA: Qatar is “misleading” the world over the political row with some of its Arab neighbors, according to the UAE’s permanent representative to the UN.

Ambassador Obaid Al-Zaabi issued a joint statement on behalf of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt in response to recent claims by Qatar’s foreign minister.

Al-Zaabi was addressing the 36th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

He said that the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt were using their right to reply to comments by the Qatari foreign minister.

These comments reflected “the continuation of the Qatari approach in misleading the international public opinion” about the reality of the political crisis in the Gulf.

Al-Zaabi said that the minister’s claims about Doha’s willingness for dialogue is a mere attempt to enhance the status of Qatar in front of the international community, without any genuine changes having been made.

The joint statement stressed that Qatar should stop supporting extremist and terrorist ideologies and spread of hate speech.

The statement also lamented the lack of wisdom in the speech of the Qatari foreign minister, saying it “does not express any good intentions” to deal positively with Kuwaiti mediation efforts.


Iraqi forces launch anti-Daesh operation north of Baghdad

Updated 37 min 23 sec ago
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Iraqi forces launch anti-Daesh operation north of Baghdad

  • The mainly Shiite PMF have been an effective force against Daesh
  • This is the second phase of the operation dubbed “Will to Victory”

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s military said Saturday its troops in partnership with security agencies and paramilitary forces launched the second phase of an operation aimed at clearing remnants of the Daesh group from north of Baghdad and surrounding areas.
This is the second phase of the operation dubbed “Will to Victory,” which started two weeks earlier and targeted the area along the border with Syria. The military said the new target area is north of Baghdad and in the Diyala, Salahuddin and Anbar provinces.
Although Iraq declared victory against Daesh in July 2017, the extremists have turned into an insurgency and continue to carry out deadly attacks in the country.
The military said Iraqi troops, Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, the federal police and others are taking part in the operation supported by the Iraqis and the U.S-led international coalition.
On Saturday, Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi visited the operation room alongside the deputy head of the PMF, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.
Earlier this month, the Iraqi government moved to place the Iranian-backed militias under the command of the armed forces. The move was believed to be an attempt to curb the powerful militias, particularly amid rising tension between Iran and the US, the power brokers in Iraq.
The mainly Shiite PMF have been an effective force against Daesh and are a significant political force, with government ministers and 48 seats in the 329-member parliament.