Saudi FM calls on Qatar to stop supporting Hamas

After Saudi Arabia and several other Arab countries severed their ties with Doha earlier this week, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir called on Qatar to stop funding Hamas. “Enough is enough,” he said in Paris.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir Photo Credit: EPA

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Paris on Tuesday that his country is calling on Qatar to sever its relations with Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group that rules the Gaza Strip. Al-Jubeir urged Doha to change its policy of support for terrorist organizations such as Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

“We want to see Qatar implement the promises it made a few years back with regard to its support of extremist groups, to its hostile media and interference in affairs of other countries," al-Jubeir said. “We’ve decided to take steps to make clear that enough is enough. Nobody wants to hurt Qatar. Qatar has to choose whether it must move in one direction or another direction.”

Regarding Iran, the Saudi minister said: “We made it clear to everybody that Iran is a force for instability; Iran is a force for chaos; Iran is a force for death and destruction; that Iran's policies have fueled sectarianism in the Middle East; that Iran's desire to restore what they call the Persian empire means dominating countries in the Middle East and expanding in the Middle East and that those policies are not acceptable; that Iran's support for terrorism cannot stand. That is why Iran is designated as the number one sponsor of terrorism in the world.”

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