As Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani arrives in Ankara on Thursday, Qatar’s opposition plans to hold a conference in London in the presence of world-renowned figures.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, organizers said the conference’s schedule was set in great secrecy because of concerns that the Qatari regime would try to foil the event and exert pressure on members of the British parliament to boycott it.
The conference will be attended by several world-renowned political figures, policymakers, academics and commentators who will discuss human rights, press freedom and counter-terrorism in Qatar.
The Qatar Global Security & Stability Conference will also highlight “the true facts about Qatar that are not being voiced because of the power wielded by the current regime in Qatar.”
Spokesperson for the Qatari opposition, Khalid al-Hail said that the conference will be divided into five main sessions: Political Islam and terrorism support in Qatar, Qatar and Iran’s Foreign Policy: A Source for Regional Instability, Al Jazeera: Free Press vs. Voice of terror?, A forbidden debate: Qatar’s Aspirations for Global Prestige, Democracy and Human Rights, and finally, A Vicious Circle: Economy, Geopolitics and Global Energy Security.
The conference will be held as Qatar’s Emir is scheduled to hold talks in Ankara on Thursday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the latest developments of the Qatari crisis, according to a statement issued by the Turkish presidency.
On Wednesday, Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah met with Erdogan in Ankara during a visit to Turkey that will last until next Saturday.
Turkish sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that Erdogan and the Kuwaiti premier raised the issue of the Qatari crisis with the four anti-terror Arab States in addition to Kuwait’s efforts exerted to solve the rift.