(MDW Live) UAE continued to pressurize Qatar as the host of the World Cup 2022 as Dr Anwar Mohammed Qarqash, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs emphasized that it was important to review the policy of Qatar which is accused of supporting extremism and terrorism as the host country for the World Cup.
He tweeted his opinions today after a a top Emirati official claimed on Sunday that the blockade of Qatar by its neighbors will cease if the country is stripped of or surrenders the 2022 World Cup.
“Hosting World Cup 2022 should not be tainted by the support of extremist individuals and organizations or terrorist figures, (therefore) a review of Qatar’s policies (is) a must.”
He continued to say that “Qatar’s hosting of World Cup 2022 should include a repudiation of policies supporting extremism & terrorism. Doha should review its record.”
Last week a row broke out over whether the country’s hosting of the World Cup was under threat after a report warning of “an increasing political risk” to the tournament was leaked.
The study, carried out by management consultants Cornerstone Global, was passed to the BBC amid the ongoing diplomatic crisis which has engulfed the tiny, gas-rich emirate and its neighbors.
The document assesses the impact of June’s decision by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to cut ties with Qatar, which they accused of destabilising the Middle East and supporting terrorism.
The land border between Saudi Arabia and Qatar has been closed and all four countries have cut air and sea links with the kingdom, which has rejected their allegations, as well as a list of conditions for the lifting of sanctions.It seems that now the four countries are looking for new angles to accuse Qatar although the tiny nation seems to withstand the restrictions without much hardships.