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Fahad al-Thani: Mercenaries control Qatar, people have no voice

Sheikh Fahad bin Abdullah al-Thani, a member of the Qatari ruling family, addressed questions on his Twitter account about the domestic situation in his country, including its foreign policy and the harassment the ruling family is facing.

When asked if there was any sign of an imminent end to the Gulf crisis with Qatar, he said “First, I am not talking about the beloved state of Qatar here or its people. We must differentiate between the Qatari regime and the country itself. If the crisis continues, no one from Hamads bloodline would deserve to govern the people of Qatar.”

Sheikh Fahad was also asked about the Qatari peoples opinion on recent Iran-Qatar relations, to which he answered “Everyone knows the authenticity of Qataris and how they will not accept [Iran] as their ally.”

The “unbearable” situation in Qatar

Al-Thani stated that the internal situation in Qatar is “unbearable.” The problem, he said, is not only the rising prices but also “the complete isolation the regime has imposed on its people.”

He added: “the people of Qatar have no voice and the regime is responsible for the ongoing problems.”

He also spoke about the validity of rumors that a large number of the ruling family were prevented from traveling. He said: “The al-Thani family cannot travel without prior permission. Anyone who did not approve of the regime was not allowed to travel especially after opposition within the family increased as they tried to save their country from this dark crisis.”

Discords with al-Jazeera and the “collapse of Saudi Arabia”

Sheikh Fahad said that ever since Al-Jazeera started broadcasting in 1996, many Qataris “have opposed its position and involvement in the affairs of other countries. However, Hamad bin Khalifah supports the channel entirely.”

He also tweeted “Hamad bin Khalifahs goal is the collapse of Saudi Arabia.” To meet his goal, al-Thani said, bin Khalifah is willing to take up Iran and Turkey as allies.

He added that Saudi Arabia continues to be the “pillar of Arab stability” and has always been “Qatars biggest guardian.”

Sheikh al-Thani said that the regime tried to tempt him with “excessive bribes" like they did by buying mercinaries, adding: “But I stand by my principles and I am not looking for personal gains. If I wanted money or power I would have got it a long time ago.”

Qatars involvement in Jamal Khashoggi case

Speaking on Qatari intelligences involvement in Jamal Khashoggis disappearance, al-Thani said “It is certain the Qatari regime is involved in crises that occur anywhere in the world, especially if [Saudi Arabia] is affected.”

He added that many Qataris oppose the Hamad regime and want to “remove it.”

Sheikh al-Thani concluded his series of tweets by thanking the people of Qatar and its supporters for sending in their questions, and hoped for “the return of its peoples rights.”

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Last Update: Friday, 19 October 2018 KSA 16:10 – GMT 13:10

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