UAE: Qatar will see a new ruler before rejoining the GCC


Sun, 02 Jul 2017 - 07:51 GMT

Former Chief of Dubai’s General Security Dhahi Khalfan (Courtesy: Twitter)

Former Chief of Dubai’s General Security Dhahi Khalfan (Courtesy: Twitter)

CAIRO – 2 July 2017: Former head of Dubai’s General Security, Dhahi Khalfan, hinted that another emir will take over in Qatar in the case that current ruler Tamim bin Hamad’s regime does not acquiesce to the demands of Arab countries on July 3, in a statement via his official Twitter account on Saturday.

“Decisiveness will be on July 3; either Qatar acquiesces to Arab countries’ demands or we will welcome another Qatari ruler,” Khalfan said on his Twitter account in reference to the time limit set by the Arab countries for the small Gulf nation to comply with their demands. He called on all companies working in Doha to choose between Qatar and the rest of Gulf countries.

Khalfan also warned the Qatari people of the danger that allowing Hamad bin Jassem, the former Qatari prime minister, to take over the emirate’s policies will lead to more chaos in Gulf region.

The former Emirati security chief ruled out starting a dialogue with Qatar if it rejects Arab countries’ demands on Monday, saying that the small Gulf nation works for the interest of Iran instead of its Arab brothers.

“Qatar gives up the security of the Gulf, by kneeling before Khomeini’s shrine,” Khalfan tweeted on Saturday, warning that Tamim will resort to training terrorist elements by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to spread chaos throughout Gulf countries, “which is not abnormal, given Qatar’s history in harboring fugitive terrorists from all over the Arab world,” according to Khalfan.

“Qatar should not come back to Gulf arms before we see another ruler of Al-Thani at the head of the state,” Khalfan continued in another tweet. “Qatar’s foreign minister proposed Italy’s mediation; how can this be possible?!” he added.

Egypt, along with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Libya’s eastern-based government and the Maldives severed diplomatic ties with Doha on June 5, over accusations that Qatar is backing terrorist groups across the Middle East region.

The three Arab countries, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., handed Qatar a list of 13 conditions to end the boycott they imposed, including extraditing the extremists it harbors and ceasing the funding of terrorist organizations, giving it a 10 day time limit culminating on July 3 before escalating their stance.



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