Saudi Arabia Accuses Qatar Of "Distorting Facts"

Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman

Cairo- A sharp debate took place on Tuesday among Arab senior diplomats and ministers during the 148th ordinary session of the Arab League (AL) at its headquarters in Cairo over charges against Qatar of supporting terrorism.

The Gulf crisis began in May following the hacking of Qatar News Agency's website when comments falsely attributed to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani were broadcast by both UAE-based broadcasters Sky News Arabia and Al Arabiya.

The Qatari foreign minister also emphasised that the blockading countries tried to "hide facts from people" and fabricated allegations of supporting "terrorism".

According to the transcript, Lavrov praised the efforts of Kuwait to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia's envoy to the Arab League Ahmed Al-Qattan denounced the description of Iran as an honorable country. "If the Qatari brothers think that if the rapprochement with Iran would serve their interests, they are carrying out matters in a wrong way and they will be accountable for that", he said. "The Qataris will be held responsible for such a decision". Reacting to it, Qattan said that Qatar would regret its relations with Iran, recalling the Iranian conspiracy against the Gulf states.

Israel's neighbors in the Middle East continue to sling mud at one another in their quarrel over Qatar.

The exchange then descended into a row between Kattan and Muraikhi, with each telling the other to be quiet.

On the heels of the failure of regional and worldwide mediation efforts to narrow differences between the two sides, the stage is set for the growth of tension between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, especially at a time when political disputes and propaganda campaigns in the Persian Gulf have peaked.

"This is an improper thing to say because the kingdom of Saudi Arabia will never resort to such cheap methods and we don't want to change the regime, but you must also know that the kingdom can do anything it wants, God willing", Kattan said.

"This is not a fake crisis; rather, it is the result of Qatar's backing for extremism and conspiracy against its neighbours", said Gargash.

After his speech, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry rejected what he said were "baseless insults".

Qatar backed a democratically-elected Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt before it was overthrown by the military in 2013.

"All these policies have forced us to take these measures for the benefit of Qatar on one hand and our security and stability on the other", he said citing that there are several Arab and global bodies which had condemned these actions carried out by Qatar.

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