Qatar hiding behind a 'dark side' that supports terrorism: Al-Jubeir

Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir addressing European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Relations in Brussels on Friday. – SPA

Saudi Gazette report

BRUSSELS — Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Friday that Qatar does not appear as the media is projecting to the world as it is hiding behind a dark side that supports terrorism and terror-funding.

“The boycotting countries want Qatar to stop such practices and violations and return to the GCC table,” the Saudi foreign minister said while addressing the members of the Committee on Foreign Relations of the European Parliament.

Al-Jubeir noted that the nuclear agreement with Iran suffers from shortcomings, and hence the international community must make amendments to the agreement. “The Kingdom supports any agreement that prevents Iran from obtaining nuclear capabilities, as well as guaranteeing a steady and solid inspection mechanism and punitive measures in case Tehran does not comply with it. I think this is the position of the Administration of US President Donald Trump also,” he said.

“We think the inspection system on the nuclear agreement is weak and should include undeclared military sites. The inspection is limited to declared sites and this is not enough because most of the sites associated with its nuclear program were not disclosed by Iran; for example, the site near the Qom City,” he added.

Al-Jubeir confirmed that all ports and airports in Yemen are open and that there is ongoing work to increase the capacity of a number of Yemeni ports. He noted that there is untrue information being circulated about some issues, and the Houthi militias are detonating cranes from inside and people blame the coalition for this.

On the Syrian crisis, he said: “We believe in solutions based on Security Council Resolution 2254 and we believe that there should be a political process and a new constitution for Syria. There must also be new elections." The solution in Syria is to stop the fighting and bring stability in the Syrian areas for delivering of humanitarian aid, he pointed out.

With regard to human rights and the judicial system in the Kingdom, Al-Jubeir stressed that all states should respect the judicial sovereignty of the Kingdom. Just as the United States has the death penalty, Saudi Arabia has a judicial system that also includes the death penalty.

In response to a question regarding the judgments issued against a number of individuals in the Kingdom, he pointed out all the sentenced individuals were Saudi nationals who were convicted by courts according to the Saudi law and the authorities were only executing court verdicts.

Meanwhile, Al-Jubeir reaffirmed the Kingdom's keenness to combat extremism and terrorism.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) after the conclusion of the International Conference to Support the Sahel countries in Brussels, he said Saudi Arabia has provided 100 million euros in aid to help the joint forces combating terrorism in the Sahel African countries and humanitarian support for refugees through King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief). It also provided development support through the Saudi Fund for Development to these countries, Al-Jubeir said, while stressing the Kingdom's readiness to provide logistic, intelligence and air support through the Islamic Military Alliance to Combat Terrorism.
Al-Jubeir said: "We are very pleased that the International Conference on Support for Sahel African countries has been able to raise the proportion of support to the joint force to reach the required figures.”
The joint Arab message is that the Arab countries are at the forefront of countries that provided support to the Sahel countries, he said, and pointed out that the Kingdom has given more than 100 million euros and the UAE 30 million euros to this force. Morocco has also provided support to these countries.
Al-Jubeir said the Arab countries are very keen to have a role in countering extremism and terrorism in the Sahel countries.