In the wake of the Qatari Ministry of Interior’s announcement of placing 19 individuals and eight entities on the terror list, many wonder whether this action would affect the Arab Quartet’s stance toward the boycott.
The National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NATC) in the Qatari Ministry of Interior announced on Thursday placing 11 Qataris, four Egyptians, two Jordanians and two Saudi Arabians on the terror list.
Observers and political analysts believe that Qatar has always issued fake news and procrastinated on ceasing any funding terrorism or support for terrorist organizations.
“Based on our experience with Qatar which refers to Qatar’s unclear stance, it always says one thing and does another. All we need is just time to make sure that this announcement is true and would come into effect,” Former Egyptian Ambassador to Qatar Mohamed Al-Manisi told Egypt Today.
In this regard, Al-Manisi added that if Qatar’s announcement is serious, it would be a positive step toward implementing the 13 demands of the Arab Quartet, requiring Qatar to stop interfering in the four countries’ domestic and foreign affairs, closing Al-Jazeera, curbing ties to Iran, removing Turkish troops from Qatari soil, and ending contact with groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood.
“However, it would not end the boycott as it is just one out of 13 demands that were set for Qatar to end the boycott,” he remarked.
Many have linked Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s visit to the United States to the announcement, especially since U.S. President Donald Trump declared the agreement concluded between Saudi Arabia and the U.S.to combat those funding terrorism.
Commenting on that, Manisi expressed his doubt toward the link between the Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to the United States. He claimed that Qatar is funding terrorist organizations upon U.S. instructions.
Yet, Qatar, he added, has put these individuals and entities onto a terrorist list as a kind of attempt to attend the upcoming Arab Summit due in April.
Arab countries pointed out that Qatar has procrastinated in submitting the terror list, which has been one of the demands.
“Qatar confirms the evidence against it and that its support for extremism and terrorism is the core of its crisis,” UAE State Minister of Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash posted on his Twitter account.
Qatari Abdel Rahman Omair Rashd al-Nuaimi, placed by the U.S. Treasury on the sanctions list for terrorism-financing, has been placed on the Qatari terror list as well. According to the U.S. Treasury, Nuaimi supported al-Qaeda in Syria with large sums of money, and also financed al-Qaeda in Iraq in 2001.
Designated individuals who carry the Qatari ID also include Saad bin Saad Mohammed al-Kaabi, Abdullatif bin Abdullah al-Kuwari, Ibrahim Eissa Al-Hajji Mohammed Al-Baker, Mubarak Mohammed al-Ajji, Khalid Saeed al-Bounein, Rachid Salem Rachid, Mohmmed Faysal Hamad Al-Suaidi, Mohammed Jaber Salim Meshaab, Abdullah Soliman Saad, Abdullah Shaker Shams Al-Deen Al-Shaibani.
Saudi individuals include Ibrahim Mohamed Abdul Rahman Al-Bawardy, and Abdullah al-Muhaysini. Egyptian individuals are Dahi Mohamed Mostafa Senger, Ahmed Samir Al-Habib, Ahmed Eid Salem Al-Hegawi, Hassan Saad Shetewi, in addition to the Jordanian brothers Abd al-Malik and Ashraf Muhammad Yusuf Uthman.
The Qatari list also included eight entities, including the Islamic State’s Sinai Province in Egypt and Al-Ihsan Charitable Society in Yemen. Al-Ihsan is a charitable organization led allegedly by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) supporter Abdullah Mohammed al-Yazidi.
The quartet has also placed nine entities in July on the terror list, including Rahma Charitable Organization, Tanasuh Foundation for Dawa, Culture and Media, Al-Saraya Media Center, the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council, Boshra News Agency, Rafallah Sahati Brigade, and Nabaa TV in Libya.
Since June 5, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have turned on Qatar with a complete air and trade boycott over allegations of its support of terrorism, which Doha repeatedly denies.