WATCH: The illegal blockade on Qatar is founded on petty jealousy, says Qatar
Qatar has hit back strongly at a top UAE official’s observation yesterday that the illegal blockade of Qatar could end if it gave up hosting rights for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Qatar’s Government Communications Office said that the UAE’s demand for the country to give up the 2022 FIFA World Cup showed that the ‘the illegal blockade was founded on petty jealousy and not real concerns,’ reported Gulf Times.
“Their weak attempts to tie the hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to their illegal blockade show their desperation to justify their inhumane action,” it added in a statement to Reuters.
Qatar’s response came after UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash tried to explain the incendiary comment of a top Emirati official, who had earlier tweeted that the Gulf crisis was fabricated to take the 2022 FIFA World Cup away from Qatar.
The tweet, by Dubai’s Deputy Chairman of Police and Public Security Lt Gen Dhahi Khalfan came under massive attack for their sheer and overt threat to Qatar hosting the ambitious sport event.
Further linking the 2022 World Cup to the illegal and unjust boycott, Gargash said Qatar's hosting of the tournament should depend on it rejecting ‘extremism and terrorism.’