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UAE ruling family member: Qatar now questioning its leaders

11 June 2017, 10:20 | Clarence Schmidt

- An outspoken Emirati ruling family member has raised the prospect of a change in leadership in Qatar, which is embroiled in a major diplomatic crisis with its Gulf neighbors.

"Qataris are questioning whether this is going to end up in seeing a change in leadership itself in Qatar", he said.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia and five other Gulf State countries announced they were severing all diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the nation of supporting terrorist organizations. "Most recently, the Qatari government has become not just a supporter but also an advocate for Iran, a regime that exports and funds terrorism throughout the region, destabilizing countries including Libya, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and Syria", said Al-JAber.

Under-fire Qatar - which is due to host the football World Cup in 2022 - vehemently denies the accusations.

Qatar is heavily dependent on food imports and the crisis has led to stockpiling and shortages.

Jubeir declined to confirm a list of 10 demands published by Al Jazeera, which included shutting down the Doha-based news channel, but added that Qatar knew what it needed to do to restore normal relations.

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Along with its Arab allies around Saudi Arabia, Al-Jaber said, "the steps Qatar must take are clearly laid out in the Riyadh agreement and this includes "ending all interference in internal affairs of GCC countries and other countries, removing individuals who are hostile to the GCC and ending all media incitement or provocation".

The United Arab Emirates has warned that anyone expressing sympathy for Qatar could face up to 15 years in prison, as a regional crisis escalates.

U.S. president Donald Trump spoke on the phone with the leaders of Saudi, the UAE and Qatar's emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Wednesday, and offered to host a mediation summit at the White House.

The UAE threatened to impose an economic embargo against Qatar while Bahrain said "any options" were on the table as the crisis in the Gulf showed no signs of abating on Thursday.

Translation - Emirati attorney general: Expressing Sympathy for Qatar on social media websites is a crime punishable by law.

Mr Al Qassemi said: "The Qataris should not count on that base as being a guarantee of sort of American protection when it comes to conflict with Saudi Arabia". Its foreign minister has struck a defiant tone in interviews, even after anxious residents emptied grocery stores in its capital of Doha as Saudi Arabia has blocked trucks carrying food from entering the country.



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