UAE minister denies any hacking of Qatar

18 July, 2017, 08:11 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Declan Walsh

It is not clear if the UAE government's intelligence agencies carried out the hack or hired contractors to do so.

Qatar said on Monday that a U.S. media report had shown that the United Arab Emirates was involved in an alleged hack of Qatar's state news agency in late May that helped spark a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf. He said: "The Washington Post story is not true".

UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said that the agreement signed by the USA and Qatar on the financing of terrorism was a positive development but did not live up to their expectations.

In response to this statement, Emirati Embassy in Washington's statement has been released calling Post report as false and claiming that UAE played no role in the catastrophic situation between Gulf nations and Qatar.

Qatar says the United Arab Emirates' alleged hacking of its government websites is a violation of worldwide law.

Still, the four Arab powers have said the memorandum fell short of allaying their concerns that their sanctions would remain in place until Doha meets their demands and that they would keep a close eye on Qatar's efforts to fight terrorism funding. The bogus remarks were reported by Saudi-supporting media.

Cape Town, July 16 (BNA): The Saudi, UAE and Egyptian diplomatic envoys to South Africa met Minister of Transport Joseph Maswanganyi and discussed the recent procedures taken by Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt, regarding aircraft crossing their airspaces.

Two weeks later, the four countries cut all links with Qatar over its alleged support for terrorism and relations with Iran.

The US intelligence officials told the Post it was unclear whether the UAE authorities had hacked the Qatar News Agency itself or paid a third party to do it. The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) declined to comment, according to the newspaper.

The UAE's ambassador to the United States, Yousef al-Otaiba, late Sunday said The Post "story is false".

"What we really do want is we either reach an agreement and Qatar's behaviour changes, or Qatar makes its own bed and they can move on and we can move with a new relationship".

The quartet accused Doha of supporting "extremists" - an allegation that Qatar denies.

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