UAE arranged for hacking of Qatar government sites, sparking diplomatic row

Carla Harmon
July 17, 2017

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain in early June cut off diplomatic relations, severed air, land and sea links with Qatar and ordered Qatari citizens to leave their countries within two weeks.

"If Tillerson can convincingly frame his mission as delivering a deal for the United States that is all about defeating terrorism... then he may have some chance", said Partrick, who focuses on Gulf politics.

Infantino said that Federation Internationale de Football Association was watching the situation and was in regular contact with the Qatari authorities,"We are indeed facing a diplomatic crisis".

Le Drian noted that the French president held many telephone conversations with His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani since the beginning of the GCC crisis.

Other demands include stopping the alleged funding of terrorist groups in the region, the termination of the Turkish military presence in Qatar, the shutting down of Al Jazeera and reparations for the damage allegedly caused by Qatari interference.

Qatar's Foreign Minister told reporters in Turkey on Friday that it would be unfair to describe Tillerson's visit to the Gulf as a failure, insisting that the crisis "cannot be solved in a day".

On Sunday, The Washington Post cited anonymous USA intelligence officials who claim to have evidence that UAE leaders were behind the breach which occurred at the end of May. "Next greater isolation, incremental measures & reputational damage stemming from Doha's continued support for extremism & terrorism", he tweeted.

A woman walks in front of the city skyline in Doha, Qatar's capital.

The Qatari foreign minister, for his part, welcomed France's support for mediation in the row aimed at finding a solution "based on constructive dialogue. and respect of state sovereignty and global law".

The Gulf crisis is the worst to hit the region since the establishment of the Gulf Cooperation Council in 1981. "Inciting violence, encouraging radicalization, and undermining the stability of its neighbors", UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef al-Otaiba said, as quoted by the newspaper.

Putin discussed the crisis with a number of Gulf leaders in a series of phone calls, underlining that it should be resolved through diplomatic means.

Speaking during a joint press conference in Jeddah with French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, Jubeir said Saudi Arabia would present Paris with a comprehensive dossier of the negative acts committed by Qatar over the years, adding that a similar file was given to US State of Secretary Rex Tillerson.

The countries say a pact the Gulf nation signed with the United States last week to disable the flow of money to terrorist groups isn't enough to end the rift, and insisted their demands that Qatar change its policies be met in full.

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