London meet to expose Qatar

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Saudi Gazette report

London — Qatar’s support for terror groups, its rights abuses, its destabilizing role in the region and many other such facts will be highlighted during the Qatar Global Security & Stability Conference in London on Thursday.

The conference, which is the first of its kind, will bring together hundreds of world-renowned political figures, policy makers, academics, commentators to discuss issues related human rights, press freedom and counter-terrorism in Qatar.

The conference is being held despite Doha’s attempts to put pressure on western political personalities to boycott the event.

It is being organized by Qatari businessman and reformist Khalid Al-Hail along with a number of exiled Qataris, who are seeking a resolution to the regional crisis and a more stable future for Qatar.

According to a statement released by organizers, the conference schedule has been worked out in great secrecy, because of concerns related to the response from the Qatari regime.

“The aim of this conference is to highlight the true facts about Qatar that are not being voiced because of the power wielded by the current regime in Qatar,” said Khalid Al-Hail, spokesman for the Qatari opposition.

The conference will be divided into five panels:

1. Qatar: Political Islam and terrorist support

Addressing the contradictory stand that Qatar has taken in opposition to other Gulf states in its support of Political Islam and terrorist groups.

2. Qatar and Iran’s Foreign Policy: A Source for Regional Instability

Focusing on how Qatar and Iran’s foreign policy has contributed to the general instability and insecurity that now characterizes the regions of the Middle East and North Africa. It will look at the extent to which Qatar and Iran, in pursuit of their own self-interest, have had a detrimental effect on stability in the region.

3. A forbidden debate: Qatar’s aspirations for global prestige, democracy and human rights

The panel will look at Qatar’s abuses of human rights in the context of the 2022 Football World Cup as well as examining its breaking of international human rights laws.

4. Al Jazeera: Free Press vs. Voice of terror?

In the early days of Al Jazeera it was considered a beacon of free press and a challenge to authoritarian Middle East regimes. Recent coverage shows a more biased coverage synergetic to Qatar’s foreign policy. Using a number of exclusive sources, this panel will examine the spectrum of thought about Al Jazeera.

5. A Vicious Circle: Economy, Geopolitics and Global Energy Security

Addressing some of the chief characteristics of Qatari foreign policy including its diplomatic ambivalence, its quest for security and subsequently regional hegemony and the manner in which Doha has used its economic largesse and natural gas reservoirs to carve itself a larger role in the region, often to the detriment of its neighbors and allies.


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