Boycotting sates place Libyan media agencies, TV channels on terror list

by Abel Hampton July 26, 2017, 0:51
Boycotting sates place Libyan media agencies, TV channels on terror list

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have expanded their list of terrorist groups and individuals having links with Qatar.

The four Arab states, who isolated Qatar by cutting all diplomatic and transport links with it in early June, already have put dozens of figures linked to the country on blacklists.

Since the cutting of ties, the global community has urged dialogue, with Kuwait being the main mediator between the boycotting countries and Qatar.

The statement also said three Qatari nationals, three Yemenis, two Libyans and a Kuwaiti citizen were involved in "fundraising campaigns to support Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist militias in Syria".

The new list includes six Libyan entities - a lot of them media agencies and TV channels. It focuses on September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad's visit to Qatar in 1996 as well as "Qatar's long-term support for him, including protection and financial assistance, to achieve his terrorist goals and plans", according to a report by Gulf News.

The statement from the four nations attached to the list stated that the indicated figures and organizations should be tried by the Qatari government.

The Saudi-led blockade on Qatar which sought to bring Doha to its knees, has only strengthened the tiny Gulf emirate, the chairman of state-owned Qatar Petroleum said.

The four Arab states accuse Qatar of ties to Iran and of funding Islamist extremist groups.

The two Libyans and the six other blacklisted organizations have received substantial financial support from the Qatari authorities and played an active role in causing chaos and devastation in Libya, the statement added.

Kuwait has not joined the states boycotting Qatar and is leading mediation efforts to resolve the crisis, the worst to hit the Gulf since the establishment of the Gulf Cooperation Council in 1981.

Likewise, the group maintained that three Yemenis and three entities of this nationality also support Al Qaeda and receive help from charities in Qatar.

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