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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

Qatar 'failed' at UN General Assembly in New York: Dr Gargash 

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs also said Doha 'knows what is required' to end its dispute with the UAE and other Arab countries

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash speaks during a press conference at his office in Dubai on June 24, 2017. He has tweeted that Qatar 'failed' at this year's UN General Assembly in New York. Guiseppe Cacace / AFP
UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash speaks during a press conference at his office in Dubai on June 24, 2017. He has tweeted that Qatar 'failed' at this year's UN General Assembly in New York. Guiseppe Cacace / AFP

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar Gargash, said on Sunday that Qatar had "failed" during this year's UN General Assembly in New York.

“Despite its exceptional spending on media, Qatar has failed in New York. It swamped us with messages of victimisation and denial,” Dr Gargash said on Twitter.

His comments come as Qatar is embroiled in a dispute with the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, which severed ties with Doha on June 5 over its alleged support of terrorism.

“Qatar knows what is required to end this crisis," Dr Gargash added on Twitter, stressing that “the key to solving this crisis is through political trust and wisdom but not media”.

Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based broadcaster, has long been accused of providing a platform for extremist groups.

Dr Gargash also said that “on the political level, Doha’s options are diminishing", adding that the Arab quartet was "striding confidently past this issue which no longer is one of their priorities".

Dr Gargash praised what he called “Saudi Twitter” for having a greater impact on the Qatar crisis than Al Jazeera.

"We have a shifting media scene through technologies or content. During the Qatar crisis, Saudi Twitter had greater impact than Qatar's Al Jazeera."

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