Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

UAE calls for regional solution and global monitoring to resolve Qatar dispute

UAE calls for regional solution and global monitoring to resolve Qatar dispute

The Washington Post's story cited unnamed U.S. intelligence officials as saying newly-analysed information confirmed that on 23 May senior members of the UAE government had discussed a plan to hack Qatari state media sites.

USA investigators in June told CNN that they believed Russian hackers breached the Qatari sites and planted false information and quotes.

The UAE government planned the infamous May 24 hacking of QNA, states the report citing USA intelligence officials who were not named because of the "sensitive" character of the matter.

The Qatari government communication office said in a statement: "The information published in the Washington Post. revealed the involvement of the United Arab Emirates and senior Emirati officials in the hacking of Qatar News Agency".

Gargash also repeated accusations that Qatar was trying to create instability in the region and even accused it of conspiring with jihadists against Saudi Arabia.

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United States investigators have been working in Doha to help the Qatari government investigate the alleged hack, according to Qatari and U.S. government officials. According to the officials, it is unclear whether the UAE performed the hack itself or whether the country paid a team of outside hackers.

Qatar has repeatedly charged that its sites were hacked, but it has not released the results of its investigation, the Post reported.

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

USA intelligence agencies declined to comment. We are not after regime change.

Media captionThe UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, denies it hacked Qatar's news agency.

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A banner aired on CNN bluntly stated that "Russians planted false story behind new Mideast crisis", citing sources.

Both the FBI and the Central Intelligence Agency declined to comment on the investigation. While not providing any concrete details, the exchange suggests the UAE was actively working to undermine Iran's influence in the region, making use of political, economic and "cyber" tools.

Qatar said the report "unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place".

The first on the list of 13 sweeping demands that the Gulf states and Egypt placed before Qatar in the form of ultimatum is a complete severing of ties of Iran.

The UAE has welcomed the US-Qatar agreement to stem funding for terrorism, seeing that it was a positive development. According to the report, these statements sparked the diplomatic crisis among the Persian Gulf states.

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It described the alleged hacking as a violation of global law and of agreements between the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) - the regional trade and security group - as well as collective agreements with the Arab League, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the United Nations.

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