Qatar refutes Bahrain’s charges of interference

By QLReporter

Qatar has strongly rejected and denounced reports that it tried to interfere with and undermine the security and stability of Bahrain.

The allegation was made in a broadcast by Bahrain’s official TV in the form of a phone call between HE Hamad bin Khalifa Al Attiyah, Special Adviser to HH the Emir, and Hassen Ali Mohamed Jumaa of Al Wefaq Society, Bahrain, reported Gulf Times.

“That call was made as part of the then Qatari mediation and the TV deliberately presented it as a support by Qatar to the Al Wefaq Society and a direct interference in Bahrain’s internal affairs in a naive and blatant attempt to misrepresent and twist facts and take them out of their proper context,” said a statement from the Foreign Ministry.

The statement said contacts were held as part of the mediation efforts undertaken by Qatar after the demonstrations that took place in Bahrain in 2011 with the consent and knowledge of Bahrain.

“The Prime Minister and Foreign Minister HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia Prince Saud Al Faisal, had visited Bahrain and briefed  the king on all the efforts of Qatar in this regard. The Qatari mediation was suspended after a decision to intervene militarily to break the demonstrations and sit-ins.”

The statement added that what confirms that Bahrain is aware of these contacts is that standard telephones in Bahrain were used and that Bahrain did not raise this issue as a point of disagreement over the past years, especially during the crisis of withdrawal of ambassadors in 2014.

The statement stressed this as the best evidence of the continuing unfortunate disarray of the fabrication of charges. The statement wondered why these contacts were not released in 2011 in the same way they were announced now.

“Taking a part or a little of the phone call and broadcasting it in these controversial circumstances and current tensions provides compelling evidence of targeting the State of Qatar and attempting to impute charges to it. It is also a disavowal of its efforts aimed at ending the unrest and enhancing the security and stability of Bahrain,” the statement said.

Qatar reaffirmed its continued and permanent commitment to all the principles laid down by the GCC and stressed that the policy of Qatar is based on the principles of good neighbourliness and non-interference in the internal affairs of all countries, reported The Peninsula.

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