Bahraini Foreign Minister’s Comments Against Qatar Irks the GNA – Al Marsad

The Government of National Accord’s Foreign Ministry said that the Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa’s statement on Libya was an “interference” in Libyan affairs. The Bahraini Foreign Minister said on Thursday that Qatar was playing a negative role in Libya and also in Tunisia, the Gulf States and Iraq.

[Libya, 22 October 2019] – In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, the Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said, “Qatar is trying to prevent a solution in Yemen. We can see it through Doha’s positions announced in the media, broadcasted by Al Jazeera channel.” He added that “Qatar is trying to prevent a solution in Yemen. We can see it through Doha’s positions announced in the media, broadcasted by Al Jazeera channel.”

The Bahraini Foreign Minister’s remarks were made during his comments the Yemen situation. The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord’s Foreign Ministry, however, were unhappy with the comments about Qatar.

The GNA’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, given its close ties to Qatar both directly and through the various Islamist militias it supports, issued a statement last Friday in response to comments by the Bahraini Foreign Minister arguing that the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of states is the principle that Libya uses with all countries, and that Libya has the full right to establish relations with countries in accordance with its national interests and the interests of its people.

And the ministry pointed out that they were hoping that their friends in Bahrain would support the GNA and exert pressure on the countries that intervene negatively to support what it described as “aggression against the capital”—a reference to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and the Libyan National Army’s military offensive to defeat terrorism and militia control in the nation’s capital, Tripoli.

The Government of National Accord’s Foreign Ministry statement issued on 18 October 2019.

In their statement, the GNA’s Foreign Ministry called on Bahrain not to use Libya to settle scores that the country is not a part of. It stressed the depth of relations with the State of Qatar and that the GNA sought to strengthen it. It also aimed to strengthen relations with all countries that support the GNA against what it called “aggression” against the Libyan capital.

The Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa had stated that Qatar’s role in Libya impeded efforts to stabilize the country, and that Doha’s policy in Libya is the exact same policy pursued in Yemen, Tunisia, Iraq and the Gulf States, by destabilizing security in Arab countries through interference in their internal affairs.

© Al Marsad English (2019)