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Qatar’s lack of responsibility, accountability criticised

Doha dodges reality, relies on self-victimization and buzz words to mislead world, says UAE minister

Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash
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Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash.

Dubai: UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said that he was stunned and perplexed by Qatar’s lack of sense of ownership, responsibility and accountability.

“Qatar’s self-victimisation statements are staggering and the lack of sense of responsibility is completely absent. They want the impression that the four countries have taken action because the region needs more tension,” he posted on his Twitter account.

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt on June 5 severed their diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar after they accused of failing to comply with the Riyadh agreements it signed in 2013 and 2014 to end supporting terrorism under all its manifestations.

The Quartet presented a list of demands to Qatar in order to resume their ties.

However, Doha opted for media manoeuvres and mobilised international public relations companies that provided its leaders with talking points and statements that made Doha appear like an open-minded victim being bullied by its conservative neighbours.

Gargash, the most vociferous official voice in the Quartet, has regularly said that Qatar was making a huge mistake by dodging the reality on the ground and opting for utter denials and for using buzz words to mislead the world while tasking others with shaping international opinion in its favour.

“Suddenly, the fight against terrorism, sovereignty and non-interference have become national priorities for Qatar. We would love to believe this new media discourse, but the country’s record is right in front of us, replete with tragedies,” Gargash posted on Tuesday to his 456.160 followers on Twitter.

“Getting out of the crisis is hampered by refusing to acknowledge the harm you have caused to your neighbours. The lack of objectivity compounds the crisis in the corridors of complaints. This is a dark road that will not lead to positive results.”

Gargash who has regularly insisted on the significance of a Gulf solution to the crisis as the most appropriate way to end it reiterated his stance.

“The current Qatari discourse is haughty and high-pitched.  It lacks the traditional Gulf character. It is a discourse that is not open to Qatar’s past or honest with its practices. It seeks to impose its conditions and on its terms.”