World Bulletin / News Desk
In a statement issued on Saturday evening, Ambassador Salem Al-Shafi said: "The UAE and a number of allies have paid around $40 billion to consolidate the military coup in Egypt alone," in reference to the ouster of Mohamed Morsi, the country's first freely elected president, in 2013.
"We say that these countries have not learnt the lesson well," he added. "Blaming Qatar, using bright terms such as counterterrorism and attacking the moderates with a view to winning the West will not help protect them from the people."
Al-Shafi denied accusations against Qatar of backing extremists in the Middle East.
"There are some Arab countries which are afraid of revolutions," he said. "Instead of reforming their regimes and fulfilling the people's aspirations, they heap the blame on Qatar and the so-called political Islam."
The ambassador stressed that Qatar was "doing all it can to serve security and stability in the region in a way that does not clash with aspirations of the people".
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