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UAE backs counter-revolutions: Qatar's envoy to Turkey

United Arab Emirates, three other Arab states cut ties with Qatar in June, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism 

UAE backs counter-revolutions: Qatar's envoy to Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

Qatar's ambassador to Turkey has accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of supporting "counter-revolutions in the Arab world for restoring dictatorships". 

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". 

Last Mod: 20 Ağustos 2017, 14:11
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