Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) receives Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at his palace in Riyadh on April 27, 2012.
Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has discussed regional international developments, particularly support for armed terrorist gangs operating in Syria, with Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
During a meeting in the capital Riyadh on Friday, King Abdullah and Sheikh Tamim exchanged viewpoints on the latest Arab, Muslim and international issues.
Syria has lashed out at Saudi Arabia and Qatar for supporting the arming of anti-government groups in the country, accusing Riyadh and Doha of becoming a “partner” in the unrest in Syria.
Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar Ja’afari said Saudi Arabia and Qatar support “armed terrorist groups” in Syria. Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador to Syria last August, nearly five months after unrest struck the country.
The Kingdom since then has launched a worldwide campaign against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, especially by exercising pressure on Damascus through the Arab League.
Qatar has meanwhile called for supplying anti-Assad groups with arms and financial support. Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani in late February called for the creation of an Arab force to “open humanitarian corridors to provide security to the Syrian people.”
Armed groups in Syria, which are supported by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and some Western countries, do not agree with the peace plan proposed by UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Kofi Annan, and instead continue violence against Syrian security forces and civilians.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011.
While the West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of the killings, Damascus blames “outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.
In interviews with Israeli news outlets over the past few months, Syrian armed rebels have clearly expressed their vision for the future of Syria and their interest in establishing ties with the Tel Aviv regime, which has occupied and annexed Syria’s Golan Heights since 1967.
However, the apparent majority of the Syrian population has repeatedly expressed solidarity with the Damascus government over the past months.