All the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council supported the Saudi statement, including the Sultanate of Oman, which usually maintains neutrality in political stances, with the exception of Qatar, which preferred to remain silent – until now – two days after the publication of the American report.
The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected what was stated in the report of the US National Intelligence Office about Khashoggi’s killing, describing the report as “unfortunate” and containing “wrong conclusions,” according to what was quoted by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Despite the high voice of the Saudi tweeters on Twitter towards the silence of Doha, which sparked widespread controversy, the prominent Qatari tweeters did not pay any attention to the issue.
Saudis see this position as an appropriate opportunity to confirm Qatar’s good intentions after the reconciliation that took place at the Gulf summit in Al-Ula, after 3 years of Saudi Arabia and its allies boycotting Doha, but the Qatari media did not abide by the reconciliation agreement, as these tweeters quote.
Meanwhile, the hashtag “# Al Jazeera_did not abide” was active on Twitter, where Twitter users criticized the Qatari news channel’s abuse of the American report that concluded that the Saudi crown prince “authorized” the assassination of Khashoggi.
The writer for the “Washington Post” newspaper was killed inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, by Saudi agents, and it is believed that he was severed, according to the Turkish public prosecutor.
The Gulf crisis dates back to June 2017, when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed their diplomatic relations with Qatar and prevented it from using its airspace, accusing the latter of supporting terrorism and rapprochement with Iran, a charge that Doha strongly denies.
However, the recent Gulf summit in the Saudi Al-Ula governorate last January resulted in a reconciliation that restored the Saudi-Qatari diplomatic relations, and to a lesser extent the views with Doha from the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.