Qatar Never Supported Extremist Groups, Qatar’s Ambassador to Germany Says

HE Qatar’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany Sheikh Saud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani stressed the State of Qatar’s rejection to allegations of its ties to terrorism. His Excellency added that the State of Qatar never backed extremist groups and will not support such groups in the future.

HE the ambassador said in an interview with German daily Der Tagesspiegel that the State of Qatar has rejected those allegations from the outset, adding that there were no proof of that. His Excellency also said that the allegations were directed at the State of Qatar in a sudden manner. His Excellency pointed out that there were many meetings held under the GCC umbrella over the last few months, none of which saw these allegations surface.

HE the ambassador said that the State of Qatar only deals with the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamad when they are part of a government in a given country. His Excellency gave an example of that during the presidency of Mohammed Morsy in Egypt, adding that they stopped dealing with the Muslim Brotherhood once they stopped becoming part of the Egyptian government. His Excellency added that such was the case with Hamas, stressing that they do not deal with any of those groups as political parties.

HE the Ambassador described the GCC as a joint house for the State of Qatar. His Excellency said that it was normal that family members have differences, but stressed that it was important for them to discuss those differences in order to reach a friendly and an acceptable solution. His Excellency added that the important matter is that no side intervenes in the internal affairs of the other.

On the impact of the siege imposed by those countries on Qatar, HE the Ambassador said that work is progressing normally. His Excellency noted that they found alternatives to all the important basic needs for their citizens. His Excellency said that they also developed an emergency plan to deal with such a crisis, adding that Turkey and other countries around the world including Europe are sending food products to Qatar. His Excellency also highlighted that Qatari companies are working more actively to overcome these obstacles.

His Excellency said that the crisis with GCC countries did not impact preparations for World Cup 2022 and that work is progressing on schedule. HE the Ambassador said that they already finished building the first stadium and that the World Cup will be unique and one that belongs to the entire Arab World that gives hope to people in the region, and particularly youth.

On demands to close Al Jazeera, HE Qatar’s Ambassador to Germany Sheikh Saud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said that the State of Qatar will not sacrifice freedom of opinion and freedom of press, as they represent an important value. His Excellency added that such a step does not fit with the 21st century, is unacceptable, and is considered and interference in internal affairs.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs