United Arab Emirates' Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Mohammed Gargash attends a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting - REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
CAIRO – 18 June 2017: The United Arab Emirates, represented in its Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash, called on their western allies to develop a monitoring mechanism to force Qatar to abide by any agreement states ending its support to terrorism.
In an interview with The Guardian, Gargash asserted that Arab countries, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain do not trust Qatar’s promises to stop funding extremists, or harboring terrorists on its territories.
“This is about behavioral change,” Gargash told The Guardian. “If we get clear strategic signals that Qatar is going to change and it will stop funding violent Islamist militants that is the basis for a discussion, but we would need a monitoring system.
“We do not trust them. There is zero trust, but we need a monitoring system and we need our western friends to play a role in this.”
Following the boycott measures Arab countries took against Qatar on June 5, they issued a terrorism list, including 59 individuals and 12 organizations based in Qatar.