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CAIRO – 2 July 2017: A twitter account claiming to belong to Mansour Al-Mohanadi, member of the Qatari media management board, said he contributed to distorting the reputations of the UAE and Saudi Arabia in a statement on Sunday.
“I served the Qatari media for about 15 years, and I contributed in defaming UAE and Saudi Arabia” A Mohanadi wrote on his Twitter account. He apologized for participating in the campaign against the Arabian countries, “I apologize to all of you.”
Mohanadi’s tweets raised a lot of controversy on social media as some of the users questioned the validity of his account, with some saying it could have been established as part of a campaign directed against Gulf countries.
Currently based in Canada after filing for political asylum, Mohanadi describes himself in his Twitter bio as, “Qatari citizen, member of the board of management of Qatar media and left the work for national interest.”
Qatar’s relations with several Arab and Gulf States have been strained since May24, when the Qatari state-run news agency reported Sheikh Tamim bin Hammad al Thani’s statements regarding Gulf foreign policy with Iran, as “unwise.”
On June 5, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen decided to cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar, hurling allegations the state supports terrorism. Ports and airspace were cut off to Qatari vessels.
On June 6, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Ahmad al-Sabah started a tour that included Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar in an attempt to mediate between the three countries.
No official details were published about the results of the meetings; however, according to Saudi newspaper Makkah on June 8, Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa stated that Kuwait’s attempts at reconciliation had failed.