DUBAI, June 08, 2017 (Reuters): Qatar dismissed allegations of support for Islamist militancy on Friday after four Arab states, which cut ties with Qatar earlier this week, put the emirate on a “terror finance watch list”.
“The recent joint statement issued by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE regarding a ‘terror finance watch list’ once again reinforces baseless allegations that hold no foundation in fact,” a Qatari government statement said.
“Our position on countering terrorism is stronger than many of the signatories of the joint statement – a fact that has been conveniently ignored by the authors.”
(Reporting by William Maclean; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)
The UAE honoured visiting Indian PM Narendra Modi with its highest civilian honour, the “Order of Zayed”, on Saturday.
The award was conferred to the Prime Minister by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Presidential Palace here.
A commemorative stamp of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary was also released in the presence of government officials and Indian businesspersons, the Khaleej Times reported.
Earlier during an interview with the Khaleej Times, Modi said: “I feel very honoured to receive the United Arab Emirates’ highest civil honour, the Order of Zayed. It is a testimony to our growing partnership and also an honour for the entire Indian nation of 1.3 billion people.”
Modi also launched the RuPay Card, an Indian indigenous equivalent of Mastercard or Visa, here earlier in the day and bought 1 kg of laddoo using the card.