The UAE lobbied US officials to be able to host an office for the Taliban in Abu Dhabi – a milestone that eventually went to Qatar, according to a series of leaked emails from the UAE ambassador to the United States.
Reported by the New York Times, the emails from Yousef al-Otaiba apparently contradict a mounted campaign against Qatar for its alleged support of “terrorist groups”.
As part of its attempt to isolate the peninsula, a Saudi-led bloc including the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt has derided Qatar for hosting an office for the Afghan armed group.
The office, which opened in June 2013, was part of a broader US-led effort to facilitate peace talks in Afghanistan – not to support their ideology or the group itself.
The New York Times reported on Monday that Otaiba, the Emirati ambassador to Washington, had received an “angry call” from UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, complaining that …