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Tillerson Urges Arab States to Lift Qatar ‘Land Blockade’

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday the United States was satisfied with Qatar’s efforts to implement an agreement aimed at combating terror financing, and urged Arab states to lift a “land blockade” on the tiny Gulf nation.

Tillerson shuttled between Gulf countries last week to convince them to help ease the worst regional dispute in years but left the region without any firm signs the feud would be resolved soon.

Last month, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar, accusing it of financing extremist groups and allying with the Gulf Arab states’ arch-foe Iran. Qatar denies the allegations.

The countries made 13 demands of Qatar � including that it shuts down a Turkish military base and the Al Jazeera pan-Arab television network – which Doha has rejected.

While in the Gulf, Tillerson signed an accord with Qatar on terrorism financing in a bid to ease the crisis, but Qatar’s opponents said it fell short of addressing their concerns.

“They have been very aggressive in implementing that agreement, so I think we’re satisfied with the effort they’re putting forth,” Tillerson told reporters just before meeting with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah at the

State Department.

Tillerson said Qatar was willing to sit with the four countries to discuss their demands, but that it was important to Doha “that the sovereignty and dignity of all five countries be respected in those discussions.”

In a move to counter the four states’ accusations, Qatar has set rules for defining terrorism, freezing funding and terrorism financing and established national terrorism lists.

In one of the first positive signs from the four Arab states since they imposed the sanctions last month, the United Arab Emirates on Friday welcomed Qatar’s decision to amend its anti-terrorism laws.

The four states cut diplomatic, transport and commercial ties with Qatar on June 5, disrupting the import of food and other items and causing foreign banks to scale back business with s.

“I hope the four countries will consider as a sign of good faith lifting this land blockade which is really having the most, I think, negative effects on the Qatari people,” Tillerson said.

Source: Voice of America

Bahraini Crown Prince Meets with Malaysian Defense Minster

Manama, Shawwal 26, 1438 — Bahrain’s Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa met here today with Malaysia’s Minister of Defense and Minister with Special Functions Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

During the meeting, they discussed issues of common interest in addition to means of enhancing bilateral relations.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Bahraini Commander-in-Chief Receives Malaysian Defense Minister

Manama, Shawwal 26, 1438 — Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defense Force Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa received here today Malaysian Minister of Defense and Minister with Special Functions Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

During the meeting, they discussed issues of common interest in addition to means of enhancing bilateral relations.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

SUSPECTS WITH TERROR LINKS ARRESTED IN BAHRAIN

Bahrain’s Chief of Terror Crime Prosecution, Advocate General, Ahmed Al Hammadi, said, an investigation had been launched, in the case of the formation of an illegal organisation, with the aim of stalling the law, preventing the state from exercising its responsibilities, assaulting personal freedom and harming national unity.

The organisation was in contact with people working for a foreign-based organisation, engaged in terrorist activities, for the purpose of carrying out acts of terrorism against Bahrain, targeting police and pubic order servicemen, participating in illegal rallies, sabotaging private properties and disseminating fake news, likely to undermine national security and public order.

Investigations revealed that security agencies arrested one of the defendants, who established the so-called Manama Human Rights Watch, as a front, and a cover to support acts of terrorism in Bahrain.

He divided the members of the organisation into groups, to carry out activities that were allegedly related to human rights and to mobilise crowds for illegal rallies, ostensibly to make human rights demands, but in reality to use them to carry out riots and acts of vandalism and terrorism against police personnel and vehicles and the Ministry of Interior building in Manama.

Investigations also revealed, the founder of the organisation received support for its activities from the Lebanese Hezbollah militia through a Bahraini national who worked for the terror group and resided in Lebanon.

They also revealed Hezbollah was funding and supporting people, belonging to alleged human rights organisations, in order to send false reports on human rights, in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The aim was to discredit these countries, undermine their status in international public opinion and damage their national interests, through convening international conferences that included members of international human rights organisations.

One female suspect used human rights work as a cover to communicate and cooperate with Al Karama Foundation, to provide them with information and fake news about the situation in Bahrain.

Al Karama founder was included in the list of terrorists, drafted by the Quartet combating the funding of terrorism (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt). He was also listed by the US Treasury as a terrorist and had his assets and funds frozen in 2013, over his ties to Al Qaeda terror group.

Investigations indicated that he had managed to exploit the foundation to support numerous terror groups under the cover of human rights.

Al Hammadi said that four suspects were arrested and the public prosecution questioned two of them in the presence of their lawyers.

The suspects were remanded in custody pending further investigations

Source: NAM News Network

Minister receives Capital Trustees Board officials

Manama: Electricity and Water Affairs Minister Dr. Abdulhussain Mirza received Capital Trustees Board Acting Chairman Mazen Ahmed Al Omran, in the presence of its members and those of the Sustainable Energy Unit.

The two sides reviewed the future plan of the Sustainable Energy Unit and discussed the board’s proposals.

The Minister thanked Bahrain’s wise leadership for its support to the projects of the Electricity and Water Authority, the Sustainable Energy Unit and the board so as to be able to provide the best services to citizens and residents.

The minister said this support is responsible for many achievements and said they are keen to continue working at the same pace and implement further development plans.

The minister and the Sustainable Energy Unit team gave a presentation on its objectives, plans, regulations and legislation. The National Energy Efficiency Plan (NEEAP) and the National Renewable Energy Plan (NREAP) prepared by the Unit were reviewed.

The Cabinet had approved the establishment of the Sustainable Energy Unit in November 2014 as a co-operation between the Government of Bahrain represented Electricity and Water Authority and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The visitors thanked the minister and other officials for their cooperation and keenness to provide the best services.

The meeting was also attended by Executive Director of the Sustainable Energy Unit Jehan Al Murbati and advisers Dr. Khaled Bu Rashid and Dr. Ahmed Hashim.

Source: Bahrain News Agency