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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Gargash slams Qatar for attempting to 'undermine' UAE's role in Yemen

'The campaign waged by Qatari media about UAE’s role in Yemen will fail,' says the UAE minister

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash criticised Qatari media for trying to undermine UAE's role in Yemen. In this picture, the minister speaks at an event at Chatham House in London, Britain on July 17, 2017. Neil Hall / Reuters
UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash criticised Qatari media for trying to undermine UAE's role in Yemen. In this picture, the minister speaks at an event at Chatham House in London, Britain on July 17, 2017. Neil Hall / Reuters

The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs criticised on Wednesday Qatari media for attempting to undermine the UAE’s role in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting rebels to restore the internationally-recognised government of president Abdrabu Mansur Hadi.

“The campaign waged by Qatari media about UAE’s role in Yemen will fail,” said Dr Anwar Gargash on Twitter. “The UAE’s moral and political commitment to Yemen and the coalition will not be undermined by money and media.”

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut all transport and diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5 over accusations it was supporting and financing extremist group and interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. Doha denies the allegations.

Dr Gargash also said that Qatar’s policies to support extremism has led to its isolation, adding that its own citizens object to its “shameful position” on Yemen.

“Complicating the crisis will not resolve it,” he said, reiterating: “Qatar’s negative role is limited to money and media because Doha has lost credibility after repetitive volte-faces.

“If you are not a man of your word and of position, then you are only making noise.”

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