DOHA: Qatar and United Nations have rejected Saudi Arabia’s “terror list” after the kingdom named several high-profile individuals and organizations as ‘terrorists’.
A joint statement by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE has placed 59 individuals and 12 organisations – Qatar-based or funded by Qatar – on a “terror list”.
The list, released on Thursday, includes the chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
Qatar has rejected the allegations of supporting individuals and groups blacklisted as “terrorists” by four Arab countries which cut ties with it this week amid a major diplomatic fallout.
The United Nations says it is not bound by Saudi Arabia’s “terror list” after the kingdom named several high-profile Qatari charities that carry out life-saving work in war-torn and impoverished countries.
Stephane Dujarric, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ spokesman, said he had seen media reports that four Arab countries accused three Qatar-based charities of being involved in “terrorism”.
“The recent joint statement issued by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE regarding a ‘terror finance watch list’ once again reinforces baseless allegations that hold no foundation in fact,” the Qatari government said in response. – Samaa