UAE denies involvement in Qatar hacking

We need international monitoring on Qatar: Gargash

Saudi Arabia, along with the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, imposed a boycott on Qatar since June 5.

"We need a regional solution and worldwide monitoring", he added.

The officials were not identified in the Post's report. Qatar vehemently denies all the allegations against it.

"The UAE had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking", UAE ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba said in a statement.

The hacking took place shortly after US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia.

The dispute began in May when Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani was reported to have made statements on the state news agency supporting Iran.

The GCC is unlikely to hold summits while the Qatar crisis endures and could eventually be "refashioned", Dr Anwar Gargash, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs told an audience in Chatham House on Monday. The anonymous US officials told The Post that USA intelligence does not know if the UAE carried out hacks itself or contracted to have them carried out.

Speaking at the Chatham House worldwide affairs think tank in London, Gargash repeated claims - denied by Qatar - that the country funds extremists.

However, the Gulf nations has not appreciated it so much saying that it is "insufficient".

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

Qatar said at the time that it had been hacked by unknown entities. The Gulf state has come under blockade by key U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, as well as the UAE and Bahrain.

Gargash also stated that the Arab states need to be convinced that Qatar is no longer a sponsor of terrorism.

The quartet issued a list of 13 demands that included not just ending support for terrorists and extremists but shutting down Qatar's Al Jazeera TV network, severing ties with Iran and closing a Turkish military base.

Al Jazeera's Heidi Zhou-Castro, reporting from Washington, DC, said this is new information and the US Department of State has yet to officially respond.

Gargash said the memorandum of understanding signed by the United States and Qatar on Tuesday on the financing of terrorism was a positive development.

Qatar rejected the demands, insisting that the list was so draconian that it was created to be turned down.



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