<i>Al Hayat</i>: Al-Jazeera behind row between Riyadh, Doha
The Qatar-based satellite television channel Al-Jazeera was behind the row between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the Saudi-owned Al-Hayat daily reported Sunday.
"Al-Jazeera television is behind a new crisis between Riyadh and Doha. The visit to Kuwait by Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jaber al-Thani is aimed at containing the tension with Saudi Arabia," said Al-Hayat's bureau chief in the Saudi Kingdom, Dawood al-Sharyan.
According to Sharyan, "Riyadh was annoyed" by two programs broadcast by Al-Jazeera that featured Saudi Islamist opposition members and during which the "Mideast peace plan proposed by the Saudi crown prince was blasted and the founder of the kingdom, King Abdul Aziz al-Saud, was denigrated."
Qatar's Sheikh Hamad left Kuwait on Sunday for the Kingdom of Bahrain after a brief visit during which he delivered a letter from Qatar's emir to his Kuwaiti counterpart on Gulf matters. Sheikh Hamad refused to comment on speculation that the row was sparked by Al-Jazeera. (Albawaba.com)
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