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Reports: Gulf States put pressure on UAE to expel former Fatah leader

May 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Gulf States have been putting pressure on the UAE to expel former Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan, who is a security and political advisor for the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, local media has reported.

Websites and online newspapers reported diplomatic sources from the Gulf States as saying that pressure is being put on the UAE as part of region’s “detailed implementation” of the Riyadh agreement, in which Gulf countries agreed to expel people who offend any of them.

The sources said that a number of Gulf States offered credible information about Dahlan’s involvement in observing individuals said this information harms the sovereignty of members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Dahlan is a Fatah representative in the Palestinian Legislative Council, he led attempts to undermine Hamas’ rule in the Palestinian territories after their landslide victory in parliamentarian elections.

His efforts succeeded in the West Bank as Israel took part in his plan and arrested most of Hamas’ parliamentarians and ministers, but failed in the Gaza Strip.

Later on, he was dismissed from Fatah on accusations of plotting to topple Fatah and Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Last months, Abbas and Dahlan spoke out about their differences and both accused each other of taking part in the assassination of former Fatah and PA President Yasser Arafat.