Qatar, boycotters engage in heated argument at Arab League meeting

Qatar, boycotters engage in heated argument at Arab League meeting

The showdown worsened further as Muraikhi pointed out that Saudi Arabia was looking to topple Qatar's ruler and replace him with Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani; the only Qatari official who has met with Riyadh since the beginning of the diplomatic spat.

Hours later, the public prosecutor tweeted a section of the kingdom's terrorism law, which states: "Endangering national unity, obstructing the Basic Law of governance or some of its articles, and harming the state's reputation or status are terrorist crimes".

The Arab League meeting on Tuesday witnessed a 30-minute altercation between diplomats from Qatar and the four states boycotting it.

Arab foreign ministers meet during a regular session in Cairo. The contract is worth $50,000 per month. Saudi Arabia, which has accused Qatar of funding terrorism, has 20 firms on retainer. "The representative of Qatar says that Iran is a decent country, and that this is the cynicism of Iran, which conspires against the Gulf countries, which have spy networks in Bahrain and Kuwait", he said and added: "Congratulations to you Iran, and God willing, soon you will regret it".

Moreover, the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates Anwar Gargash called on Doha to set aside political maneuvering and talk with Riyadh frankly while accusing Qatar of seeking to drive a wedge between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. He called the Gulf monarchy's critics "rabid dogs".




"The severity of the diplomatic dispute between Gulf countries is unprecedented, which magnifies the uncertainty over the ultimate economic, fiscal and social impact on the GCC [Gulf Co-operation Council] as a whole", said Moody's Vice-President Steffen Dyck. "If the brethren in Qatar think they may have a benefit in their rapprochement with Iran, I'd like to say that they have this evaluation wrong in every way".

Qatar is facing regional isolation after Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain plus Egypt cut ties with the small monarchy on June 5.

Moreover, Shoukry rejected Muraikhi's comments as "unacceptable" and "baseless insults".

Qatar has denied supporting extremism, saying the crisis is politically motivated.

"Their direction needs to change and we will continue our policies until Qatar changes its policies of aggression against the four boycotting countries and as long as Doha supports and funds terrorism and intervenes in the Middle East countries' internal affairs", Gargash said.

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