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Al Jubeir at UN demands Qatar stops terror support

Saudi minister demands that Qatar abide by previous deals and warns of Iran’s meddling in Yemen

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir
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Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, 2017.

United Nations: Qatar’s support for terrorism has destabilised the region and Doha must stop its financing of terror groups, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir told leaders at the annual United Nations General Assembly.

Al Jubeir demanded that Qatar abide by the previous agreements it had made and warned of Iran’s meddling in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt broke off diplomatic ties with Qatar in early June, imposed an economic embargo, and cut transport links.

The Saudi anti-terror coalition has made a number of demands, including the closing of Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera and expelling certain political groups.

Al Jubeir also warned that Al Houthi militia takeover of Yemen, with support from Iran, represented a threat to the region. His warning came on the third anniversary of the rebels taking over the capital, Sana’a, in September 2014, and forcing president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi to flee.

“A military solution will not end the crisis in Yemen,”  Al Jubeir said.

Al Jubeir also condemned the government of Myanmar’s “policy of repression” against minority Rohingya Muslims.

“My country is gravely concerned and condemns the policy of repression and forced displacement carried out by the government of Myanmar against the Rohingya minority,” Al Jubeir said.

Bangladesh and aid organisations are struggling to help 422,000 Rohingya Muslims who have arrived since August 25, when attacks by Rohingya militants triggered a Myanmar crackdown that the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing.

 

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