Saudi demands Qatar shut down Al Jazeera
Dubai, March 15, 2014
Saudi Arabia has demanded that Qatar shut down Al Jazeera and two think tanks during a recent meeting of the GCC foreign ministers, a source close to someone who attended the talks said yesterday.
Riyadh demanded the closure of the pan- Arab broadcaster as well as the Brookings Doha Centre and the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies, the source was quoted as saying in the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
After the March 5 meeting, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE recalled their ambassadors from Qatar, which they accuse of interfering in their internal affairs and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.
The source said Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal had demanded three things of Doha – “to close the (Qatari-owned) Al Jazeera network, which stirs sedition; close the research centres in Doha, and turn over all outlaws” on its territory. -TradeArabia News Service