Arab League summit in Doha, Hamad bin Khalifa’s speech reveals all Qatar’s hypocrisy
The consultative meeting of Arab foreign ministers on the current Arab situation and on ways to strengthen joint action mechanisms was held yesterday in Doha, Qatar, given the growing challenges faced by Arab countries in the region.
The State of Qatar chairs the current session of the Arab League Council and Hamad bin Khalifa, the father of Tamim, the Emir of the Gulf country, published a video before the meeting of the foreign ministers of Arab countries in Doha to discuss the issue of the Renaissance Dam and the situation in Palestine. The most important thing he touched on in the video was Arab national security, as well as criticism of the Egyptian role in Gaza, and touched on Qatari relations with Ethiopia and its refusal to sever Relationships with Qatar in advance.
The Egyptian foreign minister flew to Doha after the new impetus in Egyptian-Qatari relations following the signing of the Al Ula declaration on January 5, 2021. Ambassador Ahmed Hafez, the official spokesman for the Egyptian foreign ministry, said that during the visit, Minister Shoukry will also participate in an extraordinary session of the Arab League Council at the ministerial level to discuss developments on the issue of the Great Ethiopian Rebirth Dam, which will be held at the request of Egypt and Sudan, in addition to attending the first meeting of the Palestinian Committee. The head of Egyptian diplomacy will also meet with his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani, despite the controversial words of Hamad Bin Khalifa.
The words of welcome from the Sheikh of Qatar, on the security of the Arab Nation and regional stability, sound like a joke considering that his country is the first supporter of international terrorism and to have a destabilizing role in the internal policies of the majority of Arab countries. Think of Tunisia, where Qatar contributes to the political division, bribing officials and paying large sums of money to the local Islamist party; to Libya, where Qatar in concert with Turkey supports armed militias preventing the unification of the military establishment. To Somalia, providing weapons and logistical support to paramilitary groups linked to al-Shabab, Sudan, and so on. It’s funny how Doha teaches the world today, criticizing Egypt for its role in achieving a ceasefire in Gaza, after years of flirting with Israel, and supporting Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the West Bank.
Foreign ministers were surprised by the words of the Qatari leadership before and during the ministerial meeting. They asked themselves: How can Qatar talk about stability if its banks continue to finance terrorist groups around the world? How can it hint at stability in Africa after it has made the continent a powder keg of terrorist groups where civilians and diplomats die on the agenda? It is clear to everyone that Qatar has used diplomatic and economic weapons to preserve and strengthen its interests in the Horn of Africa and to oppose those who hinder its development. Doha uses its embassies and diplomats to support terrorism and to target this threat in its favor. In July 2019, an audio interception between the Qatari tycoon and businessman, Khalifa Kayed al-Muhanadi, believed to be close to the Emir, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and the Qatari ambassador to Somalia, Hassan bin Hamza Hashem, revealed. that the militants who attacked Bosaso, in northern Somalia, had been hired by Doha.
In this regard, Tunisia and Libya have witnessed events similar to those that occurred in Somalia. In one case, Doha paid an intelligence officer after the outbreak of the so-called Arab Spring in 2011 to act as a spy in favor of the destabilization of the aforementioned North African countries. A few years ago, Tunis accused a Qatari military officer, Salim Ali Al-Jarboui, serving in North Africa from 2011 to 2014, of financing terrorist organizations and participating in money laundering operations aimed at financing organizations. terrorists active in Libya and Tunisia.
Al-Jarboui’s story began in 2011, when the officer entered Tunisia from Libya, following the outbreak of the war to overthrow the regime of the former Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. His job was to take part in the monitoring of the Libyan refugee crisis in Tunisia and the financing of refugee camps, under the supervision of the Qatari Ministry of Defense. Subsequently, it was discovered that Al-Jarboui had a bank account with which he financed “charitable” organizations but with an extremist matrix, whose activities hid behind the humanitarian assistance to refugees and which included recruitment of young Tunisians to participate in Jihad in Libya and Syria. Further investigation later revealed that the Qatari general also had links with extremist organizations.
Financing and support for terrorism are some of the main reasons that led to the so-called Gulf crisis. Since 5 June 2017, neighboring countries and Egypt have imposed a diplomatic, economic and logistical embargo on Doha, accusing it of supporting and financing terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah and of supporting Iran in its nuclear weapons process.