Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

UAE behind hacking of Qatari media

UAE behind hacking of Qatari media

"France calls for the lifting, as soon as possible, of the measures that affect the populations in particular, bi-national families that have been separated or students", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters in Doha, after he met his counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani.

The alleged hack of the Qatar News Agency website on 24 May attributed explosive remarks to Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

However, Yousef al-Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to the USA, has rubbished the report as false, claiming that the UAE had no role in the hacking of Qatar websites.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Eygpt and Yemen severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, claiming that the move was to protect their respective governments from extremism, which is allegedly supported by Qatar.

"And now the results are out in public and they confirm that hacking has taken place and the quotes that precipitated this crisis by the emir of Qatar were fabricated and resulting from this hacking".

Except for a memorandum of understanding signed by Qatar and the USA in Doha on fighting terrorism, no plans were put forward by the U.S. secretary of state to resolve the crisis.

The authenticity of the report is also questioned when readers know that the report only repeated rumours originally published by the Al Jazeerah television station and its offshot media outlets, funded by Qatar.

"We've sent a message to Qatar". Qatar strongly denies the allegations. Staunchly defending its innocence against the allegations from the onset of the crisis, Qatar claimed the demands were deliberately created to be impossible for it to meet and rejected them, causing the current stalemate in negotiations.

The United Arab Emirates warned it expected the dispute to last a long time.

Mr Al Jubeir said Saudi Arabia would give Mr Le Drian "comprehensive dossiers of the negative acts committed by Qatar over years", adding that a similar file was given to Mr Tillerson. Now with the ultimatum having expired, we see that these countries, which even threatened to take military action against Qatar, did not take any considerable action to make Doha back down from its position.

The top French diplomat also said his respective country "should be a facilitator in the mediation" led by Kuwait, a key mediator in the crisis.

"No country has the right to raise the issue of the Turkish base or the military cooperation between Qatar and Turkey as long as this cooperation respects worldwide law", Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani told reporters in Ankara.

During his trip to the Middle East, he focused on the US's relationship with Saudi Arabia and brokered a deal which will see the Saudis buy $110billion of arms from U.S. companies.

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