Saudi Arabia and Arab allies add 2 organisations and 11 individuals to terror list for links with Qatar
Nov 23, 2017 Politics 4174 By Sharon Ayomide
- Saudi Arabia and Arab allies add 2 organisations and 11 individuals to terror list for links with Qatar.
- The organisational bodies blocked are the International Union of Muslim Scholars and the International Islamic Council for Da'wah and Relief.
- Qatar remains open to dialogue.
The Saudi Arabian government alongside their Arab allies have added two Islamic organisations and 11 individuals to
a preexisting terror list, accusing them of being supported by Qatar.
State-run Saudi Press Agency issued a joint statement by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday, saying the quartet's move was taken "in light of their commitment to fighting terrorism, drying up their sources of funding, combating extremist ideology…and its promotion".
The organisational bodies blocked are the International Union of Muslim Scholars, headed by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a prominent theologian from Egypt, and the International Islamic Council for Da'wah and Relief.
"The two listed entities are terrorist organisations working to promote terrorism through the exploitation of Islamic discourse and its use as a cover to facilitate various terrorist activities," the statement read.
"The Individuals also have carried out various terrorist operations in which they have received direct Qatari support at various levels, including providing them with passports and assigning them to Qatari institutions with a charitable appearance to facilitate their movement," it further read.
In a separate development on late on Wednesday, Qatari Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani said in a television appearance that the ongoing Gulf crisis' objective was to "intervene" in Qatar's internal affairs.
"This is unacceptable and is a red line for us and the people of Qatar," he said, while stressing the importance of dialogue at this time.
"Qatar has supported his mediation efforts and continues to do so," he said.
"Qatar is open to dialogue provided that the sovereignty of states and the principle of non-interference in internal affairs are maintained."