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New details of Qatari crisis revealed

New details of Qatari crisis revealed

"What is true is Qatar's behavior", Gargash insisted, claiming that Qatar was inciting violence across the Middle East.

The hacking of Qatar's government news and social media sites in May was reportedly orchestrated by the UAE, according to USA intelligence officials.

The Washington Post did not identify the intelligence officials it spoke to for the report.

UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said that the agreement signed by the USA and Qatar on the financing of terrorism was a positive development but did not live up to their expectations.

Doha stated that hackers posted fake news but Arab countries rejected this explanation accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism and extremism.

The incident helped spark a diplomatic rift between Qatar and its neighbours.

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At this time, Arab nations have not shown any signs of rekindling relationships with Qatar.

Among the false social media posts published during the hack were some made in the name of the emir of Qatar, in which he appeared to make disparaging remarks about Donald Trump, praised Gaza's Hamas leaders and expressed support for Iran as an "Islamic power". "Qatar has evidence that certain iPhones originating from countries laying siege to Qatar were used in the hack", Qatari government's attorney general Ali Bin Fetais al-Marri said in a statement last month. They pointed out that the decision was taken after the four states uncovered evidence about Qatar's sponsorship and funding of terrorist groups, which threaten the region's security and stability.

The newspaper report, published online Sunday evening, cited unnamed USA intelligence officials. The boycott has caused turmoil in the oil- and gas-rich emirate, which is dependent on imports by land and sea for the basic needs of its population of 2.7 million.

UAE Ambassador Yousef al Otaiba denied the report in a statement, saying it was "false", the Post said.

"What we really do want is we either reach an agreement and Qatar's behaviour changes, or Qatar makes its own bed and they can move on and we can move with a new relationship".

The blockade will remain until Qatari authorities commit themselves to the "just and all demands" of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, Efe news agency reported.


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