Saudi, allies issue Qatar-linked 'terrorism' list

"Qatar has made efforts to prosecute significant terrorist financiers". Turkey's parliament, on the other hand, has approved sending troops to an existing Turkish base in Qatar as a sign of support.

On Friday, Qatar's foreign minister described the blockade as a violation of worldwide law and said there was an attempt to mobilise global opinion against the Gulf emirate.

In their joint statement on Friday, Saudi Arabia and its partners said they had created the terror sanctions list because of the "the continuous and ongoing violations of the authorities in Doha of Qatar's commitments and obligations".

It accused Doha of harbouring "terrorist and sectarian groups that aim to destabilise the region including the Muslim Brotherhood, Daesh (the Islamic State group) and Al-Qaeda".

An initial report from Qatar's Interior Ministry late Wednesday said the website of the Qatar News Agency was first hacked in April with "high techniques and innovative methods". VLCC Asian Progress V loaded in Saudi Arabia after taking on crude at Qatar's Mesaieed terminal, according to ship tracking data.

Arab states have no right to "blockade" Qatar, the country's top diplomat said Thursday, insisting the campaign by Saudi Arabia and its allies to isolate the tiny, energy-rich nation is based on "false and fabricated news".

Egyptian cleric Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi arrives to lead the Friday prayers in Tahrir Square in Cairo February 18, 2011.

Qatar said it led the region in attacking what it called the roots of terrorism, giving young people hope through jobs, educating hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and funding community programmes to challenge extremist agendas.

The list also included Wagdi Ghoneim, a 66-year-old Egyptian preacher believed to be now residing in Turkey, who also received a death sentence in absentia earlier this year for inciting to murder of security forces and Christians in Egypt.

"Indeed, our position on countering terrorism is stronger than numerous signatories of the joint statement - a fact that has been conveniently ignored by the authors".

Throughout the interview, Sheikh Mohammed repeatedly denied that Qatar funded extremists and terrorist groups, the main reason given for this week's moves against it.

They accuse the State of supporting armed militant groups as well as their regional rival, Iran - claims which Qatar say are baseless.

  • Zachary Reyes