According to Al-Amat online news site, Saudi Arabia has intercepted communications between the office of Abu-Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed Bin-Zayed and former Palestinian national security advisor Mohamed Dahlan about plans to orchestrate a mass media campaign aimed at sabotaging relations between Doha and Riyadh.
Dahlan fled to the UAE in 2011 after being expelled from Fatah, the ruling party in the West Bank.
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reportedly revealed that the effort would involve commissioning Al-Mezmaah Studies and Research Centre in Dubai to create reports to publish on Arabic websites, such as Al-Arab in London and Today’s Opinion, as well as other Egyptian newspapers and websites.
According to Saudi sources, Riyadh recently warned Abu-Dhabi regarding the use of Arabic and Egyptian mass media to sabotage relations among Gulf States. Riyadh considers this to be a violation of the reconciliation agreement recently reached among Gulf States in Riyadh.
SPA denied the reports regarding Saudi-Qatari relations published in Al-Arab newspaper, which were attributed to the Saudi Interior Minister Saud Al-Faisal.
“What was published by Al-Arab newspaper based in London on 27 April 2014 regarding the remarks attributed to His Excellency Prince Saud Al-Faisal is not true,” SPA said.