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Doha Releases Terror List Comprised Mostly of Qataris

Doha Releases Terror List Comprised Mostly of Qataris

Friday, 23 March, 2018 - 07:00
A meeting of the Arab Anti-Terror Quartet, comprised of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE. (AFP)
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Gulf States boycotting Doha said Thursday that a released Qatari terror list that includes the names of 19 individuals and 8 entities was not a sufficient move to fight terrorism.

Head of the Egyptian parliament's foreign affairs committee, Tarek Radwan told Asharq Al-Awsat on Thursday: “Qatar’s decision is self-evident. It is not considered a positive step.”

Also, several observers said Qatar’s move was only a “procedural development,” dismissing the decision to place some entities, such as Egypt’s Wilayat Sinai, on the list.

Egypt’s Second Deputy Chairman of Human Rights Committee Margaret Azer told Asharq Al-Awsat that Doha may have realized it might also be affected by terrorism, and therefore took this move as a preventive measure.

“Qatar is a small country that lacks the necessary capabilities to confront other states,” she added.

On Thursday, Qatar placed 11 Qataris, two Saudis, four Egyptians and two Jordanians on a terror list.

The list was published Wednesday on the website of the Qatari National Committee to Combat Terrorism that is affiliated with the Qatari Interior Ministry. The list is based on a law on "combating terrorism” issued last July by the country’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The Qatari move came nine months after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, known as the “Anti-Terror Quartet”, had imposed travel, diplomatic and trade sanctions on Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of financing terrorism, meddling in the affairs of Arab states and being involved with Iran.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash wrote on his Twitter account that 10 of the individuals on the list were already included in three of the terror lists issued by the quartet. He said the list has proven that Doha supports terrorism.

“Apart from its obstinacy, Qatar is confirming the evidence against it and that its support for extremism and terrorism is at the heart of its crisis,” the Emirati minister wrote.

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