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Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms two Qataris in detention in UAE

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.
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Qatar’s ambassador to the UAE has said he will look into the case of two Qatari citizens who were apparently detained at the Al Ghuwaifat border crossing between Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia late last month.

The two detained men’s families have apparently complained to the Qatari government about the incident, which they said occurred on June 27.

In Qatar, local media has been reporting that the men were on holiday, while UAE press has suggested they are spies.

In a statement to QNA, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the ambassador in Abu Dhabi would inquire about the fate of Hamad Ali Al Hammadi and Yousuf Abdul Samad Al Mullah.

Online concern

The information comes days after Al Arab reported that three Qataris were detained while visiting the UAE and were being tortured in prison there.

That report sparked an online outcry, prompting Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to tweet:

“The State has never abandoned its people. It is taking all the necessary action through legal and diplomatic channels.”

At that time, MOFA stopped short of confirming anyone had been detained.

This may have been because, according to a ministry representative, “that the State of Qatar has not been officially informed of what had happened to the two citizens by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).”

Another local newspaper, Al Sharq, later reported that only two citizens were involved.

Latest diplomatic test

Qatar and UAE relations have been growing increasingly strained over the past year for several reasons, including:

The tensions have been spilling over in the media, with Al Arab urging Qatari citizens to avoid traveling or transiting through the UAE “because of the danger of arrest and detention that this poses.”

Meanwhile, UAE press appears to be accusing the two Qataris of being spies.

According to Reuters:

“On its front page the Arabic-language al-Khaleej newspaper dismissed the assertion that those arrested were tourists, quoting unnamed sources as saying that authorities were holding ‘Qatari intelligence elements operating on UAE soil.’

‘They are currently undergoing questioning,’ the privately owned newspaper, one of the oldest in the UAE, said, without giving further details.”

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A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago

يالربع … نصيحة لوجه الله… لحد من هل قطر يكتب او يسب في الإمارات على المنتديات و التويتر… الله اعلم بس شكل بو ظبي تراقب كل الكلام اللي ينقال أون لين و تخزن و تحفر الى ان توصل الى اسماء اصحاب التعليقات … و بس ما تحط رجلك في الإمارات الا و أمسكوك و لبسوك اي تهمة.

اذا تقدرون تبعدون من الإمارات كمن شهر ابرك لكم

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Mili
Mili
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

لو نبعد عن الامارات بالكامل احسن، انا اخر مرة زرتهم كانت قبل سنيين وان شالله مافي مرة ثانية.

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

ما قول إلا الله يرحم الشيخ زايد، ما أظنه كان يرضى عن عمايلهم

الله الغني عنهم و عن بلادهم

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago

At some point, someone started the rumor that “3” Qataris were “arrested in an inhuman way” and were being “tortured” in jail “without any reason”. What did they hope to achieve? Or was their intention to inflame relations between the two countries?

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

I bet this makes emiratis nervous in Qatar. Many are studying here now, many have relatives and there is even a UAE company, (Dolphin) employing many of them. What price retaliation and arrests?

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

doubtful, were not vindictive and when they arrested Dr.al-jaidah before we didnt react in such a way. most likely we will try to send someone over quietly to reason with them

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

That’s very true, Qatar has been very restrained when dealing with their GCC brothers despite provocation from Saudi and the UAE.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Precisely

Win
Win
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

I donot think its about Qatar showing self restraint but more about Qatar in reality cannot do anything to Saudi or UAE. I donot know the details of these arrest but one thing is for sure self restraint by Qatar is not out of choice but because confrontational stance is not an option for Qatar. Contrary to what the local population might think…Qatar is not a giant in the Middle East.

Huzz
Huzz
6 years ago
Reply to  Win

This is just what I was thinking. It cannot and does not escape the powers here that all their wealth (at least that held in Qatar) would disappear in the blink of an eye should Saudi or the UAE decide.Therefore at most there can be a little grumbling or name calling but never will force or anything close be considered by Qatar. All the military spending in the world will not change that either, as there are not enough locals to form a meaningful military force. The hired hands would just disappear in the face of opposition.

EyeWitness
EyeWitness
6 years ago
Reply to  Huzz

So why do you think Qatar is hosting the biggest US military base in the Middle East? As the late Emir once said, instead of calling the policeman in case of trouble we now have the policeman in-house.

Huzz
Huzz
6 years ago
Reply to  EyeWitness

Do you really think that the US would get involved in a regional war between its allies???

EyeWitness
EyeWitness
6 years ago
Reply to  Huzz

Do you really think the US will allow a regional war to happen between its allies in the first place? The guy with the big stick will put everyone back in line at the very first hint of altercation – which is very unlikely to happen anyway. Case in point, Iran has been occupying the three UAE islands for tens of years now and the UAE hasn’t had the balls to even fire as much as slingshot at Iran! On the very contrary, their bilateral relations with Iran are at their best. They’re only good at big hollow words and at financing chaos and mass murder like what they did with Egypt. Their only power is their money.

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

maybe provocation was mutual…..

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago

imagine all of those people not fairly treated in prison in Qatar, just because they have been abused and they are ignorant and I mean it as lack of education; abused by their sponsors and still in jail. Must not be nice

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