Debate at Arab League meeting over Qatar’s alleged link with terror

A sharp debate took place on Tuesday among Arab senior diplomats and ministers during a meeting at the Arab League (AL) headquarters in Cairo over charges against Qatar of supporting terrorism.
   During the meeting, the representatives of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain accused Qatar of financing terror groups and interfering in other countries’ domestic affairs.
   For his part, Qatari Minister of State for Foreign Affairs rejected the accusations as baseless and inaccurate, charging the four Arab states that imposed a blockade on Qatar of attempting to infringe on its sovereignty.
   The debate came during the 148th ordinary session of the AL council at the level of foreign ministers.
   Earlier in June, the four countries led by Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Qatar,accusing Doha of supporting terrorism, interfering in their internal affairs and seeking closer ties with Iran, a Saudi rival.
   Qatar strongly denied the charges and rejected a list of 13 demands put forward by the bloc for resuming diplomatic ties.

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