He added, of Al Jazeera, “they’re really not as important as they think they are.”
Qatar and the U.A.E., neighbors on the Persian Gulf, have been embroiled in a bitter geopolitical rivalry for a number of years. Three years in the past, the U.A.E. imposed a blockade on the small nation together with regional allies Bahrain, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Among the U.A.E.’s complaints with Qatar’s authorities is its funding of Al Jazeera, whose main, Arabic-language tv community was sympathetic to protesters within the area through the Arab Spring of 2011.
A media advisor for the Embassy of Qatar in Washington declined to remark. But an official with information of the matter stated the administration’s order stunned Qatari diplomats who realized of it although information stories on Tuesday.
Marc Raimondi, a Justice Department spokesman, declined to verify the letter’s existence however stated, referring to the group liable for imposing the overseas brokers legislation, “FARA Unit’s enforcement activities are based on following the facts where they lead and the applicable law.”
The letter was despatched to AJ+ on the identical day that Qatar’s deputy prime minister and high diplomat, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, met with high Trump administration officers for an annual strategic dialogue between the 2 nations. As a part of the talks, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo endorsed efforts for a “2021 Qatar Year of Culture” that can promote cultural exchanges with the United States.
“Our partnership has grown beyond just defense and economics into one of true friendship and community between our people and our two countries,” Mr. Pompeo stated Monday, in the beginning of the bilateral dialogue.
The talks themselves centered on a spread of points on which the 2 nations agreed to cooperate, together with counterterrorism and navy, well being points, investments and enhancing civil society. The blockade towards Qatar was additionally among the many discussions, Mr. Pompeo stated.
“The Trump administration is eager to see this dispute resolved and to reopen Qatar’s air and land borders currently blocked by other Gulf States,” Mr. Pompeo stated. “I look forward to progress on this issue.”