Joint statement lists 59 individuals and 12 organisations with links to Qatar on ‘terror list’.
59 individuals and 12 organisations said to be based in Qatar or funded by Qatar – on a “terror list” was revealed in a joint statement by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE.
The list, released on Thursday, includes Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousuf al-Qaradawi.
The 18 Qataris named on the list includes businessmen, politicians and senior members of the ruling family including a former interior minister.
Qatar’s foreign minister said the country will never surrender to the pressure being applied by its Arab neighbours and will not change its independent foreign policy to resolve disputes that have put the region on edge.
“This is in light of its commitment to fighting terrorism, drying up the sources of the funding of terrorism, combatting extremist ideology and the instruments of spreading and publicising it, joint action to end it and fortify societies from it,” the statement read.
“[This is] as a result of the continued violation of the authorities in Doha of the commitments and agreements it signed, including the commitment to not support or shelter elements or groups that threaten the security of countries.”
Saudi Arabia and allies including the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt – which is not a GCC member – on Monday cut diplomatic ties with fellow Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) state Qatar over claims Qatar supports “extremism”.
Qatar strongly denies the allegations.
“We are not ready to surrender, and will never be ready to surrender, the independence of our foreign policy,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani told reporters.
He also said Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani would not leave the country while it was “in blockade”, and therefore could not attend an offered mediation by US President Donald Trump at the White House.
Attack on media:
Days before the diplomatic spat boiled over, Al Jazeera’s websites were already blocked in Saudi, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.
As accusations heated up, Saudi signalled that it was escalating the row in the media sphere – first by shutting down the local office of the Doha-based Al Jazeera Media Network.
“There was an unprecedented escalation from the [Gulf] mass media … but Qatar has not met this escalation with escalation,” Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani told Al Jazeera in an interview.