Qatar lashes out at UAE over QNA hacking


Qatar's neighbours, led by UAE and Saudi Arabia, but also including Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, Senegal and Mauritania, used the reports as a casus belli to ostracise Qatar diplomatically in a bid to force it to close the al Jazeera television news network amid claims that the emirate was a regional supporter of terrorist organisations. He said that the story "will die" in the next few days.

"France calls for the lifting, as soon as possible, of the measures that affect the populations in particular, bi-national families that have been separated or students", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters in Doha, after he met his counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani.

The UAE embassy in Washington on Monday sent a series of tweets quoting its ambassador, Yousef Al Otaiba, denying the Washington Post report, which was published Sunday and, according to the paper, was based on information provided by unnamed USA intelligence officials.

Egypt also delegated the the Greek embassy in Doha to take on the diplomatic representation of Egypt in Qatar.

"The UAE had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking described in the article", said the UAE's ambassador to the USA in a statement.

"What is true is #Qatar's behavior".

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A Washington Post report quotes U.S. intelligence officials saying senior members of the Emirati government discussed the plan on May 23, the day before the alleged false story appeared. "UAE had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking described in the article", Al Otaiba was quoted as saying in the tweet. Such statements are at odds with the prevailing sentiment in the Gulf.

United States investigators have been working in Doha to help the Qatari government investigate the alleged hack, according to Qatari and USA government officials.

A story claiming that six Arab nations had written to Federation Internationale de Football Association demanding that Qatar be stripped of the World Cup in 2022 was published on what appeared to be a fake version of a Swiss news website, the site's co-founder said on Sunday.

The countries accuse Doha of supporting terrorism, which it denies. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Qadafi [the former Libyan leader].

They say Qatar has supported many radical groups.