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Qatar Backed ‘Terrorism And Extremism’, UAE Tells UN Court


The Jakarta Post

Charlotte Van Ouwerkerk

Agence France-Presse

Qatar Backed ‘Terrorism And Extremism’, UAE Tells UN Court

The United Arab Emirates accused Qatar on Monday of backing "terrorism and extremism" as the three-year-old Gulf diplomatic crisis returned to the UN's top court.

Abu Dhabi urged the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) to throw out a case brought by Doha claiming measures taken against Qatar amounted to racial discrimination.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and several other allies severed ties with Qatar in a shock move in 2017, accusing Doha of backing terrorism and siding with their regional rival Iran.

They imposed an effective blockade by land, air and sea, and ordered the expulsion of Qatari nationals.

Qatar dragged the UAE to the ICJ a year later seeking to get the measures lifted. The allies faced a "grave threat brought by Qatar's support for terrorism and extremism," Abdallah al-Naqbi, director of the international law department at the UAE foreign ministry, told the court via videolink.

"This has nothing to do with racial discrimination."

Full story https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/09/01/qatar-backed-terrorism-and-extremism-uae-tells-un-court.html