UAE wants worldwide monitoring of Qatar


The Qatari foreign ministry said in a statement neighboring countries have shown readiness to participate in the investigation of the alleged hacking of the Qatari state-owned Qatar News Agency (QNA) website, stressing that Qatar will take all means, measures and legal procedures necessary to prosecute perpetrators, Russia's Sputnik reported.

The Washington Post story also comes days after the USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson spent four days engaged in shuttle diplomacy between Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia - all strategic U.S. partners - seeking to find a way to resolve the crisis.

The spat has wiped billions off stock values, separated families and raised doubt about Arab solidarity in the fight against Islamic State.

The Washington Post cited United States intelligence officials as saying the UAE had orchestrated the posting of incendiary quotes attributed to Qatar's emir that he insisted were fabricated. The intelligence believes that the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt were behind the hacking attack on May 24.

Earlier in the day, the UAE ambassador to Washington, Yousef Al Otaiba, said the story is false.

"The information published in the Washington Post on 16 July 2017, which revealed the involvement of the United Arab Emirates. and senior Emirati officials in the hacking of Qatar News Agency, unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place", a Qatari government statement said.

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U.S. spies now believe those comments to have been concocted and planted on Qatari government websites.

Al Jazeera's Heidi Zhou-Castro, reporting from Washington, DC, said this is new information and the US Department of State has yet to officially respond.

On June 5, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Doha in retaliation for what they described as Qatar's support for terrorism and extremism, its hostile policy and intervention in the affairs of Arab states.

The small but fabulously wealthy gulf kingdom is also regarded as too close to Iran, by its neighbours. Qatar strongly denies the allegations.

But the Trump administration has sought a more even-handed approach since. "They [the UAE] claim that basically their demands from Qatar are legitimate and they insist that they should be fulfilled nearly as a diktat instead of sitting at a table and negotiating some legitimate differences that they might have with Doha, and somehow, unfortunately, Saudi Arabia has followed suit", said Jahshan.