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Posted On: 13 January 2021 12:35 pm
Updated On: 13 January 2021 04:15 pm

Former UAE government advisor ready to visit Qatar, appear on Al Jazeera, but with a condition

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On his Twitter account, AbdulKhaleq Abdulla, the professor of Political Science and former advisor to the United Arab Emirates government, posted a status that he is "ready to visit Doha on the nearest Emirates flight to check on family and meet colleagues" to renew the ties of brotherhood and renew the mutual affection both countries have for each other. He is also willing to appear on the Al Jazeera Media Network for an interview with Ghada Oueiss if she withdraws the legal cases she has filed against the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed and the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

"I will visit Doha on the nearest Emirates flight to check on family and meet colleagues to confirm brotherhood and renew affection. There is nothing wrong with a personal guest appearing on the island in a frank dialogue to overcome the bitterness of boycott and the deposition of estrangement and hold the "bad guys" accountable. All this requires you to take an initiative to drop claims left over from the pre-reconciliation period."

This was AbdulKhaleq Abdulla's response to a Twitter status by Ghada Oueiss in which she asked the professor if he would appear on her channel for an interview with her once again, now that the blockade was over and borders open.

"Does this mean that you will reappear on the island, Doctor, just as you appeared with me behind the news a few months before the siege? We're no longer "bad guys" are we?"

The former UAE government advisor was referring to cases filed by Ghada in the US accusing the two Crown Princes and other officials of targeting her in a 'hacking and leaking' operation, and also threatening her life. According to the cases filed, the two Crown Princes were responsible for carrying out an operation that had the aim of undermining her personality along with her career as a journalist because Oueiss often made critical statements and published reports that criticised both the Saudi and the Emirati governments, according to a news report on the Al-Quds Al-Arabi website.

For the complete story: Al Jazeera anchor Ghada Oueiss sues Saudi, UAE Crown Princes; files lawsuit

Ghada reported earlier on this year that someone had stolen her personal pictures from her phone, photoshopped them and posted them on Twitter with offensive, misogynistic and false claims that the photos were taken at the private residence of Al Jazeera Media Network’s Qatari chairman, Sheikh Hamad Bin Thamer Al-Thani. The photoshopped pictures were tweeted more than 40,000 times, according to an opinion article by Ghada in the Washington Post.

A Saudi called Saoud Bin Abdulaziz Algharibi active since the year 2013 on Twitter and almost all the Saudi accounts that had been attacking Ghada, most of Algharibi’s Twitter timeline had tweets that praised the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). Most of these accounts that abused Ghada had, either a picture of MBS, the Saudi flag or Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed. Emirati and Saudi public figures that comprise of Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, a close associate of the Emirati crown prince Hamad Al-Mazroui, former Dubai Police head Dhahi Khalfan and Naif Al-Asaker a mufti at the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs amplified the posts that attacked Ghada, and this has led to the general public in Saudi Arabi and the UAE to join in on the cyber assault of the Al Jazeera Arabic journalist.

Sources: Abdul Khaleq Abdulla; Ghada Oueiss; Al-Quds Al-Arabi website; Washington Post
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