Qatar slams normalization with Israel

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Islam News – Qatar’s foreign minister has scolded the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan for normalizing their relations with Tel Aviv, calling for a “united front” against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

“I think it’s better to have a united (Arab) front to put the interests of the Palestinians (first) to end the (Israeli) occupation,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani told the online Global Security Forum on Monday.

The Qatari diplomat said division is not in the interest of concerted Arab efforts to get the Israelis to negotiate with the Palestinians and put an end to the decades-long occupation of Palestine.

In the past few months, Israel has signed US-brokered normalization deals with the UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan, and some other countries in the Arab world are also expected to follow suit.

In his Monday remarks, the Qatari foreign minister said for the states who established ties with Israel, “it is up to them at the end of the day to decide what is best for their countries.”

Sheikh Mohammed said Doha maintains some relations with Israel, but that is only limited to matters concerning the Palestinians such as humanitarian needs or development projects.

Qatar has already been tipped by Israeli officials as among Arab and other Muslim-majority countries that could establish formal ties with Israel.

Source: Press TV

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