Qatar condemns terrorism, politicizing terror label
By Hamza Takeen, Tuesday, March 25, 2014
KUWAIT CITY – Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani denounced on Tuesday terrorism in all its forms as well as using the terror label to tar political rivals.
"We condemn terrorism whose precise definition means the targeting of civilians or property," Sheikh Tamim told the opening session of the 25th Arab Summit, hosted by Kuwait City.
He insisted that the terror label, however, should not be levied against entire factions or political adversaries.
The annual Arab summit comes amid heightened tensions over Qatar's opposition to last summer's ouster of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and its perceived support for the latter's Muslim Brotherhood, which both Egypt and Saudi Arabia have designated a "terrorist" group.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have recently withdrawn their ambassadors from Doha, citing Qatar's alleged failure to abide by a previous security agreement.
Many observers, however, have linked the diplomatic tension to political differences over the situation in Egypt.
The Gulf trio had been among the first to welcome last July's ouster of Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, by the army.
Egypt's interim authorities, for their part, accuse Qatar of interfering in the country's affairs. Doha emphatically denies the allegation.
"We emphasize the brotherly relations tying us and Egypt together," Sheikh Tamim asserted at the summit's opening session.
"We wish Egypt all the best in whatever path its people choose," he added. "We hope for political stability through inclusive political dialogue."
Separately, the Qatari leader vowed continued financial support for the Gaza Strip.
"We are committed to setting up a one-billion-dollar Qatari fund for the support of Al-Quds," said Sheikh Tamim.
He called for an end to the "unfair" and "unjustified" siege imposed on the Palestinian coastal enclave and the opening of border crossings.
The Qatari leader proposed to host a mini Arab summit to push for reconciliation between Palestinian Fatah and Hamas movements.
Fourteen Arab heads of state are participating in the Arab summit, seen as the pinnacle of diplomatic, economic and social cooperation among Arab countries.
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