Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt call on Qatar to stop funding terror groups

A general view of the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva. (AN file photo)
Updated 17 May 2019

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt call on Qatar to stop funding terror groups

  • Anti-terror quartet changes tack in bid to stop the spread of Islamic extremism 

GENEVA:  Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt called on Qatar to stop funding terrorist groups and respect the rights of migrant workers on Wednesday.

The plea came in speeches delivered by the three countries before the UN Human Rights Council at a meeting in Geneva to review the human rights situation in the Gulf state.

In its speech, Saudi Arabia called upon Qatar to take the necessary measures to stop financing terrorist groups and to take steps not to allow media platforms to spread fanaticism.

Saudi Arabia also called for the removal of obstacles that currently hinder Qatari citizens and expatriates working in Qatar from performing Hajj and Umrah.

Saudi Arabia expressed deep concern over the tragic humanitarian situation of hundreds of Qatari Al-Ghufran clan members, after the Qatari government withdrew citizenship from hundreds of families, confiscated property and displaced them from their homes.

Bahrain called on Doha to remove barriers to justice for migrant workers, to ensure their protection from abuse and exploitation, to punish offenders who flout these regulations, and to ensure that migrants receive wages on time. It also called on Qatar to implement reforms to prevent forced labor, and to fully implement the National Plan of Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, ensuring that victims of forced labor and trafficking receive justice.

Egypt echoed Saudi Arabia, and called on Qatar to stop providing financial support to terrorists, including allowing media platforms that disseminate hate speech and justify violence or incitement to it to operate under its protection.

Cairo asked Doha to end all arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances against a number of its own nationals, to commit to the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Their Families, and to adopt legislation to combat violence against women, especially migrants.

Iraq must not be dragged into another regional war: president

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May shakes hands with Iraq’s President Barham Salih in London, Britain June 25, 2019. (The Presidency of the Republic of Iraq Office/Reuters)
Updated 45 min 15 sec ago

Iraq must not be dragged into another regional war: president

  • ‘We cannot afford our country to be dragged into conflict’
  • Saleh said Baghdad’s priority was ‘stability’

LONDON: Iraqi President Barham Salih said Wednesday his country must not be dragged into another conflict in the Middle East, as tensions rise over its neighbor Iran.
“We have had four decades of challenge and turmoil. We do not want to be embroiled in another war,” he said at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs think-tank in London.
“We cannot afford our country to be dragged into conflict.”
With tensions high between Iran and the United States, Salih insisted his country would not become “a staging post for belligerents.”
“We are asking everybody to cool it down... enough is enough,” he said.
“We do not want to be a victim of a conflict in Middle East. We have not finished the last one,” the Iraqi president added, referring to the US-led war on terror and battle against Daesh.
“It is in our national interests to have good relationship with Iran,” he said, whilst adding: “The US is a very important partner for Iraq.”
Salih, who took office in October, said Baghdad’s priority was “stability.”
“We need to transform Iraq from a zone of regional and proxy conflict into a zone of trade, infrastructure development, and jobs and a future for young people,” the 58-year-old said.
Salih visited British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday for talks on security cooperation and nation-building.
May said Britain “stood ready to provide further support” to the Iraqi and Kurdish security forces, her Downing Street office said.