Here's what happened last week: Qatar condemns attack on Saudi oil facilities -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 120
H.H The Amir has called for the stability of the Gulf region, saying the strategic importance of the region makes its stability a regional and international necessity. Addressing the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, the Amir reaffirmed Qatar’s firm position to keep the region safe and away from the risks by resolving differences through dialogue based on common interests and respect for the sovereignty of its states.
"In line with our firm policy of respect for international law and the peaceful resolution of differences and disputes, we, who have sustained aggression, emphasize our position that the unconditional dialogue based on mutual respect and the lifting of the unjust blockade is the only means to end this crisis, we renew our deep appreciation to the sincere efforts of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Amir of the sisterly State of Kuwait, and the endeavors of the brotherly and friendly countries to resolve this crisis," he said.
H.E Speaker of the Shura Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud expressed Qatar's concern over the current tensions in the Gulf region, affirming Qatar's rejection of any military escalation in the region, and stressing that the world cannot afford to witness a confrontation of any kind in this region. Click HERE read more on this.
Qatar is to prosecute three officials at its beIN Sports network over charges of spying for Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Al-Watan Voice reported. This came following a TV show presented by Al Jazeera which disclosed connections between the three officials and Saudi and Egyptian intelligence agencies. beIN has been banned from broadcasting in Saudi Arabia since the start of the siege in 2017. Since then, sporting events for which beIN holds exclusive rights in the Middle East have been widely broadcast and streamed online in the kingdom by a pirate channel, beoutQ. Executives and sporting officials at beIN Sports have accused beoutQ of having links to Riyadh-based satellite provider ArabSat.
H.H. the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah urged the international community to bear its responsibility in ending conflicts and crises, witnessed in some parts of the world, and for further combined efforts to tackle fundamentalism and terrorism, the resulting dangers of which have increased in recent years and have mostly affected the Middle East, reported Qatar News Agency (QNA).
In a press statement released upon his arrival in New York on Saturday to head Kuwait's delegation at the 74th United Nations (UN) General Assembly session, Kuwait's Prime Minister expressed Kuwait's appreciation of the dynamic and effective role currently being assumed by the UN to tackle increasing global challenges and threats, its ongoing efforts aimed at attaining global peace and security and its close monitoring of the implementation of sustainable development goals worldwide.
The Pentagon says the U.S. will deploy additional troops and military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to beef up security, as President Donald Trump has at least for now decided against any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry, reported Washington Post.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper says this is the first step, and he is not ruling out additional moves down the road. He says it’s a response to requests from the Saudis and the UAE to help improve their air and missile defenses.
Twitter has suspended a large network of 4,258 accounts which it said were operated exclusively from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), employing fake names and tweeting mostly about Qatar and Yemen, reported Al Jazeera.
It also removed a network of 267 accounts in the UAE and Egypt which Twitter said were engaged in a "multi-faceted information operation" targeting Qatar and Iran while amplifying messages supportive of the Saudi government. The company said those accounts were managed by a private company called DotDev, which identifies itself on its website as a "custom software solutions company based in Abu Dhabi." DotDev also has an Egyptian affiliate based in Giza, outside of Cairo.
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