Time: 06 August, 2020
Qatar allegedly financed “weapons deliveries” to Hezbollah as early as 2017, according to a new dossier seen by American news site Fox News.
A private security contractor who penetrated Qatar’s weapons procurement business told Fox News that a member of the Qatari royal family allegedly authorized the delivery of military hardware to Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2017.
Qatar’s ambassador to Belgium and NATO, Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Khulaifi, sought to pay the private security contractor over $890,000 to hush up the role of Qatar’s regime in supplying money and weapons to the Hezbollah, the Fox News report said.
The Lebanese group Hezbollah – listed as a terrorist group by the US, UK, EU and Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia – is an Iranian proxy Shia militia. It was established by the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in Lebanon in 1982 and remains dependent on Iranian finance and support.
The private security contractor – who is referred to as Jason G. in the report – told the American daily that at a meeting in Brussels last year, Al-Khulaifi said: “The Jews are our enemies.”
Jason G. claimed that he penetrated Qatar’s weapons procurement business as part of a sting operation with the goal to stop Qatar “funding extremists.”
The new information about Qatar allegedly funding the terrorist organization Hezbollah casts new doubt on Doha’s anti-terror partnership with the US.
According to the dossier, two Qatari charities also supplied cash to Hezbollah in Beirut “under the guise of food and medicine.” The charities were named as Sheikh Eid Bin Mohammad Al Thani Charitable Association and the Education Above All Foundation, the report said.
The dossier was viewed as relevant and authentic by top German intelligence officials, Jason G. told Fox News.
A member of the British Parliament who tracks terror finance told Fox News that the Qatari regime’s behaviour was “outrageous” and that both the UK and Belgium governments “should act decisively.”
“These allegations are very serious, particularly given that the ambassador is ambassador to NATO, and this should be investigated and appropriate action taken,” the British MP said, adding that the issue would be raised to the UK foreign secretary.