Saudi Arabia initiates Op Room for Qatari opposition

According to Rai al-Youm newspaper, Sheikh Abdollah bin Ali Al Thani, one of the prominent Qatari opposition figures, said that Saudi King Salman has allowed him to form a special operations room aimed at what he called as “giving service to the Qatari people”.

He wrote on his twitter page that he had met with King Salman in Tangier in Morocco.

Al Thani said that the operations room will study and meet the demands of the Qatari Hajj pilgrims and citizens in Saudi Arabia and other world states and the Saudi employees will register their names and phone numbers.

According to the newspaper, observers believe that the operations room is most possibly created to pave the ground for the activities of Qatari opposition figures like what was formed for their Syrian counterparts in Jordan and Istanbul.

“Saudi Arabia’s approach towards Sheikh Abdollah bin Ali and other Qatari opposition figures who join the operations room will be like a government in exile,” they added.

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar early June, and suspended air and sea communication one week after the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, accusing Doha of supporting terrorist organizations and destabilizing the situation in the Middle East.

Qatar rejected claims by a Saudi-led bloc of countries that it “finances terrorism” and intervenes in their internal affairs