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Saudi prince after forcing Qatar to follow Riyadh: Journalist

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Photo by AFP)

Saudi Arabia has accused Qatar of supporting al-Qaeda and Daesh in order to have a pretext to impose sanctions on Doha “to make sure Qatar follows the direction and policies of the new regime in Saudi Arabia” led by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, says a journalist.

“Prince Mohammad bin Salman wants to assert that he has the full control of the [P]GCC countries by attacking Qatar and by calling upon all the members of the [P]GCC to actually participate in the embargo and siege against Qatar,” Omar Nashabe told Press TV on Tuesday.

Recent tensions between Qatar and a Saudi-led alliance is “part of an escalation,” which shows Prince Mohammad is very ambitious on a local and regional level, because he is exacerbating the internal affairs of the kingdom by ordering the arrest of a large number of officials and at the same time he wants to retain a solid grip on the whole Persian Gulf region, the journalist of al-Akhbar newspaper said.

On Tuesday, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said the Saudi-led bloc of countries that has put his country under a full-scale embargo was not interested in finding a solution to the diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf region. The emir said Doha was open to “dialog based on mutual respect.”


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