Dubai: Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa has poured scorn on statements made by a Qatari former minister, in which he claimed that Doha saved Saudi King Abdullah from an assassination attempt and that Saudi Arabia and the UAE planned to occupy the world’s largest gas field in Qatar.
Shaikh Khalid also said that Qatar had been constantly changing its version of the reasons for its crisis with four Arab countries.
“At the beginning of its crisis, Qatar was saying that the objective of the four countries was to infringe upon its sovereignty. Then came a new story related to [the Quartet being envious of] the World Cup. Now, the latest claim is that the Quartet wants to occupy Qatar and control gas production. It is clear that we are listening to a different story every day and this reminds us of the [Arabic] song ‘My Story with Time.’,” Shaikh Khalid posted on Wednesday.
Earlier, he posted that the latest statements by a Qatari official explaining why Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut off their diplomatic, trade and travel relations with Qatar on June 5, 2017, were farfetched and indicated mental confusion.
“Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah is being treated in London, may God cure him and grant him recovery,” Shaikh Khalid posted, referring to the former second deputy prime minister and min-ister of energy and industry, reportedly recovering in the British capital from pulmonary fibro-sis.
A Qatari news site on Monday posted a lengthy interview with Al Attiyah in which he talked about several issues, including his medical condition, the Qatar crisis, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the status of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the gas fields, Opec and the 2022 World Cup.
However, Shaikh Khalid was not impressed and thought Al Attiyah was way off facts about is-sues.
“It seems that he was given the wrong medicine that confused his mind and confounded his ideas. His mindboggling claims and the terms he used have taken him to unfathomed horizons. I can only pray that God help him.”
In the interview, Al Attiyah said an evil plot was behind the decision by Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt to sever their relations with Qatar.
The four countries had accused Qatar of supporting extremists and funding terrorism and given Doha a list of 13 demands.
However, Qatar dismissed the charges and rejected the demands, resulting in a stalemate that has not seen any change since then.
Al Attiyah said he understood the real reasons for the four countries to cut off their ties with his country.
“I personally undertook an intellectual study that led me to the conviction that the accusation of terrorism was unfounded and that the financing of terrorism had no basis,” he said.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt faced problems with meeting their requirements in gas they found the solution in and decided to invade Qatar and take over the largest gas field in the world, he claimed.
The gas quantity there would be enough for them for the next 200 years and would provide them with billions of dollars, Al Attiyah said.
The plot included extending pipes from the Qatari field to Saudi Arabia that will sell it in inter-national markets and secure millions of dollars daily. Gas pipes will also be extended to Bahrain and onwards to Egypt, he added.
In the interview, Al Attiyah said that that Qatar had saved King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud by informing Saudi Arabia about a plot by Gaddafi and Libya to assassinate him.
He also claimed that the tweets posted by UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gar-gash and Bahraini Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid on their accounts were not their own and that they were dictated to them.