We founded Qatar, we will purge it and get it back, says Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim

Qatar’s Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim speaks during a tribal meeting of Saudis at Jouf Bani Hajjer in the east of Saudi Arabia.
Updated 19 November 2017
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We founded Qatar, we will purge it and get it back, says Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim

RIYADH: We established Qatar and must purge the country and “rescue it before it plunges into chaos and is manipulated by corrupt people,” Qatar’s Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim has told a tribal meeting of Saudis at Jouf Bani Hajjer in the east of the country.
The country is not in the hands of its true people but “we will get it back,” he said. “We haven’t changed our position nor changed our ethics or disavowed our values, and we will never waver. We all carry the task of rescuing Qatar on our shoulders ... We kept silent in the past,” Suhaim added, “not out of weakness or vulnerability, but rather out of hope that our brothers come back to their senses and abandon prejudice, but patience has limits.”
Tens of thousands of Saudis from the Bani Hajjer and Qahtan tribes had gathered to honor Shafi bin Nasser Al-Hajjeri, chief of the Bani Hajjer tribe, after he and family members had been stripped of their Qatari nationality and driven out of Qatar following the escalation of the Saudi-Qatari crisis.
Suhaim, who is from the Qahtan tribe and also attended the event, told them: “I’m pleased to stand with you and proud to see that this celebration extends over a large area with a lot of loud cheering. I’m not here to sympathize with Sheikh Shafi because the (stripping him from) his nationality does not harm him nor even decrease his worth.
“We are responsible in front of King Salman, the crown prince, and leaders of brotherly countries to make sure that Qatar does not remain a refuge for terrorism and corruption,” Suhaim continued. “I say to the authority in Doha that action speaks louder than words … Qatar is not at the hands of its true people, but we will get it back.
“We would be traitors to our country and history if we allow its puppet leaders to mess around and betray its neighbors and take away all its resources. I’m with you, and together we will write our history one way or another, and we can do it.”


White House adviser Jared Kushner: Saudi Arabia is 'important ally'

Updated 22 October 2018
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White House adviser Jared Kushner: Saudi Arabia is 'important ally'

WASHINGTON: Speaking about Saudi Arabia's investigation into the case of the late Jamal Khashoggi, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said that the Trump administration is still in "fact-finding phase."

"We're getting facts in from multiple places and once those facts come in, the secretary of state will work with our national security team to help us determine what we want to believe, and what we think is credible and what we think is not credible," Kushner said on Monday

"We have our eyes wide open. The president's focused on what's good for America, what are our strategic interests, where do we share interests with other countries let's work towards those," he added.

Kushner stressed that Saudi Arabia was an "important ally" of the US, and a "critical partner," especially in countering Iran's influence in the Middle East.

Kushner also said he had spoken to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the case.