Side of Al-Murrah tribe gathering in Saudi Arabia – Press photo
CAIRO – 16 September 2017: Leaders and notables of Al-Murrah tribe in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf countries held a Saturday meeting in Al Ahsa governorate, east of Saudi Arabia, to decalre their joint support to head of the Al-Murrah tribe in Qatar, Sheikh Talib Bin Lahom Bin Shuraim, against Doha’s move to revoke the citizenship of Sheikh Talib and dozens of his relatives.
Saud Al-Qahtani, adviser to Saudi Arabia’s Royal Court, said via Twitter that the move by the Qatari government was the beginning of a wave of mass displacement in Doha.
“The Qatari leadership has just hammered the final nail in its own coffin,” Qahtani added on Twitter.
Saud Qahtani's tweet
Several press outlets reported on Wednesday that Sheikh Talib told Al-Arabiya that Doha revoked his citizenship along with 54 of his relatives.
Hundreds of Al-Murrah tribe members attended the meeting in Al Ahsa, which is deemed the main headquarter for Al-Murrah tribe in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Murrah tribe represents around one third of the total Qatari population, not to mention hundreds of thousands Al-Murrah tribe members in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other Gulf states.
Sheikh Talib told Al-Arabiya that the action itself did not surprise him; he recently met Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, along with a number of Al-Murrah tribe Sheikhs, and affirmed his support to Riyadh against the policies of the current Qatari regime.
“The Qatari authorities have become a source of haven for terrorists and their sponsors, and the subject of discussion is much bigger than nationality. It is a big attack on Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states,” he told Al Arabiya.