Qatari Emir afraid to leave his country: Gulf sources



Mon, 12 Jun 2017 - 01:38 GMT


Mon, 12 Jun 2017 - 01:38 GMT

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani -
 File photo

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani - File photo

CAIRO – 12 June 2017: High-level Gulf sources claim Qatar’s Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani is afraid to leave his country due to allegations of a coup attempt planed inside the country.

“The Al-Thani family is seeking to replace Hamad bin Khalifa with another Emir, especially after the recent dilemma he has caused, which led to cutting diplomatic ties with several countries,” high-level Gulf sources added Monday.

On Monday June 5, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen decided to cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar for its alleged continuous support for terrorism, closing their airspace and seaports for Qatari transportation.

Later in statements, Egypt and the Gulf states gave the Qatari diplomatic missions 48 hours to leave their countries.

Several demonstrations were said to start inside Qatar refusing Sheikh Tamim Al-Thani’s foreign policy, which led to political and economic siege over the country.

Tensions between Qatar and the other Arab Gulf states started since May 24, when the Qatari state-run news agency reported Sheikh Tamim Al-Thani, statements regarding Gulf foreign policy with Iran, describing it as ‘unwise.’ He also added that the American military base inside his country is ‘the only protection guarantee’ to Doha against ‘foreign ambitions.’

On Tuesday June 6, Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad, started a tour including Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar trying to mediate between them. No official details were published about the results of the meetings; however, according to Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa statements to Makkah Saudi newspaper June 8, Kuwait’s attempts of reconciliation have failed.



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