Sunday, 19 November, 2017

KSA: Prominent cleric arrested over alleged call for reconciliation with Qatar

Saudi official denies Crown Prince's visit to Israel KSA: Prominent cleric arrested over alleged call for reconciliation with Qatar
Sammy Stanley | 13 September, 2017, 04:10

Those said to have been detained included Salman al-Auda, a prominent Muslim preacher and member of the IUMS's board of trustees.

The incident came to light on Twitter after Khalid bin Fahd al-Auda tweeted on Sunday that the Saudi authorities had arrested is brother Salman. But it says that it was not confirmed by Saudi authorities.

Qatar recalled its ambassador to Tehran in January past year after Saudi Arabia cut ties with the Islamic Republic, following angry protests held outside its embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad against the kingdom's execution of senior Shiite cleric Ayatollah Nimr al-Nimr.

The statement said that the four countries have the right to refute the distortion of facts contained in the Qatari minister's statement, which reflects only the continuation of the Qatari approach in attempting to mislead the global public opinion about the reality of the political crisis, as well as in denying its real support for terrorism and extremism and their funding, as well as dissemination of the rhetoric of hatred and sedition, and interference in the internal affairs of other states.

"May God harmonize between their hearts for the good of their people", al-Awdah was quoted as saying in one of his Tweets.

On Saturday, Riyadh had suspended all communication with Doha after Qatari media allegedly misreported the contents of the first phone call on the crisis between the two Arab states.

Bangladesh attempts to put pressure on Myanmar
At least three have been wounded in land mine blasts, and dozens have drowned when boats capsized during sea crossings. The Rohingya have always been subjected to discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, which denies them citizenship.

The regime forces also detained al-Qarni, another cleric with an alleged 2.2 million Twitter followers.

Al-Qarni was arrested from his home last week following support for reconciliation between Gulf countries.

On Friday, the Emir of Qatar contacted Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is recently elevated to the rank of Crown Prince, by phone to discuss the list of demands issued to Doha by the Saudi led quartet.

There are reports that exiled Saudi opposition activists have called for demonstrations on Friday the 15 September.

The diplomatic crisis, the worst since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq and the subsequent Persian Gulf War, has seen the Arab nations cut ties to Qatar, which hosts a major USA military base and will be the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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