Qatar criticized for paying less than half of its commitments to Jordan amidst financial crisis

Doha's Corniche in West Bay on May 6, 2016 in Doha, Qatar. (Shutterstock)
Updated 14 June 2018
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Qatar criticized for paying less than half of its commitments to Jordan amidst financial crisis

  • Qatar, the richest country in the world per capita. failed to honor its previous commitments of $1.2 billion
  • Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait have provided an economic aid package worth $2.5 billion

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait have provided an economic aid package worth $2.5 billion for Jordan, while Qatar – the richest country in the world per capita - failed to honor its previous commitments of $1.2 billion and instead only paid 500 million..

The package, which was announced at a summit of the four nations in Makkah, will include a deposit in the Jordanian central bank, World Bank guarantees, budgetary support over five years and financing for development projects, said a summit communique carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

Saudi Royal court advisor, Saud Qahtani, tweeted on Thursday saying: “Where is the rest? Doha paid less than half of what it committed! Where’s the other $700 million?”

The summit, called by Saudi King Salman, was attended by Jordan’s King Abdullah II along with UAE's Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum and Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

King Salman called the meeting to garner support for ally Jordan, which had been rocked by mass protests against price rises and a proposed tax hike in recent days.


Erdogan: KSA took ‘important step’ in revealing Khashoggi’s killing, but more answers needed

Updated 23 October 2018
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Erdogan: KSA took ‘important step’ in revealing Khashoggi’s killing, but more answers needed

  • The Turkish president expressed desire to conduct a joint investigation with the Saudis
  • Erdogan said he does not doubt King Salman’s sincerity in the matter

DUBAI: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech to parliament on Tuesday regarding the Turkish account of the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying that he does not doubt King Salman’s sincerity in the matter.
Erdogan said that the Turkish authorities couldn’t initially go into the Saudi consulate due to diplomatic immunity, and suggested that Khashoggi’s killing was premeditated and planned.
The Turkish president expressed desire to conduct a joint investigation with the Saudis, adding that they will continue trying to find facts.
Erdogan said that the Saudi authorities took an important step in revealing the crime happened, and that now they should reveal the names of those involved, suggesting that the 18 defendants be tried in Turkey.

(Developing)