"Qatar uses its tremendous wealth to spread chaos," denounces the Arab quartet
Last June 2018, the Arab Quartet formed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, decided to raise its dispute with his country before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), based in The Hague. Neighbor, Qatar The reason he has been facing the two blocks are the accusations that the four nations have launched against Qatar for alleged support and financing of terrorism and, in particular, of the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization born in Egypt and considered a terrorist by the majority of the Gulf monarchies.
In this case, the issue in focus is aviation. The fourth Arab complains that Qatar has repeatedly violated the airspace of the region, something prohibited "under international law", as they defend from the Arab sphere.
Thus, this Monday, the open procedure has begun in the ICJ, in a context marked by the rupture of diplomatic relations and the imposition of the blockade on Qatar in 2017.
At the first hearing, the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in the Netherlands, Hissa Al Otaiba, he has claimed that Qatar "had faced legitimate countermeasures," since "Qatar's support for terrorist groups is well known and widely informed." In this line and as the Emirati media The National explains, during the hearing, "it was alleged that the Doha authorities financed militant groups, welcomed their leaders and used the region's airspace illegally in the process."
As explained by Al Otaiba, one of the most blatant rape episodes was the one that took place in December 2015, when about twenty Qatari citizens, including members of the royal family, were kidnapped by an armed group consisting of a hundred men in southern Iraq. "In April 2017, Qatar tried to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda affiliated groups, as a ransom," added the Emirati ambassador. To transport the huge amount of cash, the state airline Qatar Airways was used, as Al Otaiba has revealed.
Similarly, in January 2018, UAE filed an appeal with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the alleged interception of an Emirati commercial aircraft during a flight to Bahrain by Qatar. Then, this Gulf country responded by filing a complaint with the UN accusing an Emirati aircraft of violating its airspace.
"This small country has used its tremendous wealth to spread the chaos," said the Egyptian ambassador to the Netherlands, Amgad Maher Abdel Ghaffar. Among other allegations, representatives of the Arab Quartet have also assured that Khalifa Al Subaiy, designated as a "terrorist financer" by the UN Security Council, "operated freely in Qatar without restrictions."
When the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt announced their decision to refer the matter to the ICJ in June 2018, the statement already denounced that Qatar was “constantly and severely violating all sovereign rights of the four countries, including interference in its internal affairs and support for terrorism, making this conflict primarily a security policy. ” The Arab Quartet has always criticized the "destructive" role of Qatar in the area, especially for its supposed underground support to organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood, considered terrorists by most of the Gulf monarchies.
The four Arab nations chose to raise the dispute to the Court after considering that ICAO, which was in charge of the issue, was not "competent to consider the dispute."