Diplomatic leaks: UAE dissatisfied with Saudi policies

Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar publishes secret diplomatic documents claiming UAE disapproval of Saudi policies.

    According to the documents, UAE believes that "Saudi policies are failing both domestically and abroad" [Reuters]
    According to the documents, UAE believes that "Saudi policies are failing both domestically and abroad" [Reuters]

    Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (MbZ) is working on breaking up Saudi Arabialeaked documents obtained by Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar revealed.

    Al Akhbar said that the leaked documents contained secret diplomatic briefings sent by UAE and Jordanian ambassadors in Beirut to their respective governments.

    One of the documents, issued on September 20, 2017, disclosed the outcome of a meeting between Jordan's ambassador to Lebanon Nabil Masarwa and his Kuwaiti counterpart Abdel-Al al-Qenaie.

    "The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed is working on breaking up the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," the Jordanian envoy quoted the Kuwait ambassador as saying.

    A second document, issued on September 28, 2017, reveals meeting minutes between the Jordanian ambassador and his UAE counterpart Hamad bin Saeed al-Shamsi.

    The document said the Jordanian ambassador informed his government that UAE believes that "Saudi policies are failing both domestically and abroad, especially in Lebanon".

    "The UAE is dissatisfied with Saudi policies," the Jordanian envoy said.

    The Qatar vote

    According to the leaks, UAE ambassador claims that Lebanon voted for Qatar's Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari in his bid to become head of UNESCO in October 2017. 

    "[Lebanese Prime Minister Saad] Hariri knew Lebanon was voting for Qatar," the UAE ambassador said in a cable sent to his government on October 18, 2017.

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    In November last year, Hariri announced his shock resignation from the Saudi capital Riyadh.

    He later deferred his decision, blaming Iran and its Lebanese ally in Lebanon, Hezbollah, for his initial resignation. He also said he feared an assassination attempt.

    Officials in Lebanon alleged that Hariri was held hostage by Saudi authorities, an allegation Hariri denied in his first public statement following his resignation speech.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera News


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