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UAE Says ‘Dangerous’ Recordings Prove Qatar’s Terrorism Ties

UAE Says ‘Dangerous’ Recordings Prove Qatar’s Terrorism Ties

Tuesday, 30 July, 2019 - 09:00
UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash. (AFP)

United Arab Emirates State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash said Tuesday that a recent New York Times report proves Qatar’s ties to terrorism.

Earlier this month, the New York Times obtained an audio recording of a telephone call between the Qatari ambassador to Somalia and a businessman who is close to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani that reveals Doha’s complicity in terrorist bombings in the African country.

The businessman, Khalifa Kayed al-Muhanadi told Qatari Ambassador Hassan bin Hamza Hashem that militants had carried out a bombing in the port city of Bosaso in northern Somalia, to advance Qatar’s interests by driving out its rival, the UAE.

Gargash tweeted: “The dangerous recording cannot be denied with a hasty statement.”

“Resorting to terrorism against the UAE is regrettable escalation and justifies the four countries’ boycott of Qatar,” he added.

In May, a car bomb went off in front of a government building in Bosaso.

“The bombings and killings, we know who are behind them,” al-Muhanadi, said in the call on May 18, about a week after the bombing.

“Our friends were behind the last bombings,” he remarked.

The attack, which was claimed by an ISIS affiliate, left eight people wounded.

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