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January 16, 2018

Will pursue all legal options to protect Sheikh Abdullah: Qatar


The Qatari government has confirmed that the government is trying out all legal options available to bring Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali al Thani back to the country.

Reacting to the video released by Sheikh Al Thani, who accused Abu Dhabi of keeping him against his will, Qatar’s Foreign Ministry stated that the government is closely monitoring the situation.

“There are difficulties in establishing the circumstances surrounding the situation due to the severance of ties with the UAE. Qatar has committed to protecting the rights of its citizens and affirms the entitlement of his family to pursue all legal means for the protection of his rights,” Spokesperson of Qatar’s Foreign Ministry, Lulwah al Khater said.

In the video Sheikh Al Thani had said that he is currently in Abu Dhabi. “I was a guest of Sheikh Mohammed. I am no longer a guest, I am a prisoner,” he said.

"They told me not to leave. I am afraid that anything could happen to me and the people of Qatar would be blamed. So I just wanted to inform you that if anything happens to me, the people of Qatar are innocent," Sheikh Al-Thani added.

Sheikh Al-Thani is the son of deposed Qatari emir Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah al-Thani.

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