‘Tamim in­ter­view of­fers noth­ing new’

UAE min­is­ter Gar­gash ac­cuses Qatari Emir of be­ing in con­tin­u­ous de­nial of the facts

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UAE’s Min­is­ter of State for For­eign Af­fairs has played down the im­por­tance of an in­ter­view by Qatar’s Emir Shaikh Tamim Bin Ha­mad Al Thani on the 60 Min­utes pro­gramme on Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion chan­nel CBS, say­ing that it was so in­signif­i­cant that it would not con­trib­ute to a so­lu­tion of the cri­sis.

“There is noth­ing new in the 60 Min­utes in­ter­view. It is the same talk about in­jus­tice and a con­stant de­nial of the facts. The mes­sages are ad­dressed to the West. It is an in­ter­view to be for­got­ten quickly and it will not pro­vide a so­lu­tion nor con­trib­ute to it,” Dr An­war Gar­gash posted on his Twit­ter ac­count.

Bahrain, Saudi Ara­bia and the UAE cut their diplo­matic re­la­tions with Qatar on June 5, ac­cus­ing it of sup­port­ing ex­trem­ists and of fund­ing ter­ror­ism.

No break­through

The cri­sis has not seen any break­through de­spite me­di­a­tion ef­forts by Kuwait.

Qatar has been on a charm of­fen­sive mainly with the US and western coun­tries, pre­sent­ing it­self as a cham­pion of the values em­braced by the West and, con­se­quently, as a vic­tim of bul­ly­ing by the Quar­tet.

In the lat­est in­ter­view aired late on Sun­day in the US, Shaikh Tamim sent out the same mes­sages, paint­ing a dra­matic pic­ture of the sit­u­a­tion and play­ing on emo­tions.

He claimed that Qatari pa­tients were kicked out of hos­pi­tals of the four coun­tries that sev­ered re­la­tions with Qatar and that they did not like Qatar’s in­de­pen­dence, ideas or vi­sion for the re­gion.

‘Free­dom of speech’

“We want free­dom of speech for the peo­ple of the re­gion. And they’re not happy with that. And so they think that this is a threat to them,” Shaikh Tamim claimed.

He de­nied that his coun­try sup­ported ter­ror­ism.

When asked how the cri­sis will end, Shaikh Tamim was vague.

“We want it to end. Be­lieve me, Char­lie, we want it to end. But noth­ing is gonna be above our dig­nity, our sovereignty. But we want it to end. I al­ways say that. If they walk a me­tre to­wards me. I’m will­ing to walk 10,000 miles to­wards them,” he said.

Mean­while on Sun­day in­for­ma­tion min­is­ters of the four coun­tries re­it­ter­ated their ac­cu­sa­tion that Doha was fund­ing ter­ror­ism.

The min­is­ters also stressed “the im­por­tance of ad­dress­ing the hate speech pro­moted by the Gov­ern­ment of Qatar and its me­dia that adopted a pol­icy of iso­lat­ing the broth­erly Qatari peo­ple from their Gulf and Arab sur­round­ings.”

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