Qatar envoy reminds Gulf critics about their sins
20 Jun 2017 - 9:11
Twitter image of Qatar ambassador to the US Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani.
Qatar’s ambassador to the US accused the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia of committing the same sins they’re boycotting his country for, as the worst crisis among Gulf Arab states enters its third week.
“Emiratis, not Qataris, were among the hijackers who flew planes into the Twin Towers,’’ Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani (pictured), wrote in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on Sunday, responding to a similar article penned by his UAE counterpart last week. “The UAE was singled out in the 9/11 Commission’s report for its role in laundering money to terrorists.”
Two of the 19 hijackers who flew planes into the World Trade Center towers in 2001 came from the UAE while 15 others were Saudi. The remaining two were Lebanese and Egyptian.
“The United Nations and the US Treasury Department list 10 times as many suspected terrorists and terrorist financiers from the boycotting countries than from Qatar,” Sheikh Meshal wrote.