New York Times report proves Qatar’s support of terrorism, says UAE’s Gargash

Updated 30 July 2019

New York Times report proves Qatar’s support of terrorism, says UAE’s Gargash

  • NYT said they obtained an audio recording “of a mobile phone conversation between the Qatari ambassador to Somalia and a businessman close to the emir of Qatar”
  • UAE’s Gargash said the report “proves Doha’s ties to terrorism”

DUBAI: The UAE’s minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said on Tuesday that a recent New York Times (NYT) report proves Qatar’s ties to terrorism.

Earlier this month, the NYT said they obtained an audio recording “of a mobile phone conversation between the Qatari ambassador to Somalia and a businessman close to the emir of Qatar” about a terrorist attack in Bosaso in the north of Somalia.

In the conversation, the businessman, named Khalifa Kayed Al-Muhanadi, said he knew who was behind the attack, and that it was carried out to “advance Qatar’s interests by driving out its rival, the UAE.”

Gargash said the report “proves Doha’s ties to terrorism,” in a Tweet on Tuesday.

He said: “The recording is dangerous and can’t be denied without an investigation. The accusation of resorting to terrorism against the UAE is regrettable and justifies the four countries’ boycott of Qatar.”

 

 


Former finance minister Mohammad Safadi put forward to be next Lebanese PM

Updated 18 min 3 sec ago

Former finance minister Mohammad Safadi put forward to be next Lebanese PM

BEIRUT: Several major Lebanese parties have agreed on nominating Mohammad Safadi, a former finance minister, as the prime minister of a new government, the Lebanese broadcasters LBCI and MTV reported on Thursday.
The agreement took place in a meeting on Friday between outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Lebanon's leading Sunni politician, and senior representatives of the Shiite groups Amal and Hezbollah.
MTV said the government would be a mixture of politicians and technocrats.