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Ministry seeks to calm Qataris following news report on UAE detentions

Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has sought to reassure its citizens of their safety after a local newspaper here published a report claiming three Qataris had been detained and tortured in the UAE.

On Sunday, Al Arab reported:

“Abu Dhabi inhumanely arrested three Qatar citizens who were traveling to the UAE for tourism and to visit their relatives. There is information that the three citizens are currently being tortured in prison.”

The report caused a swift reaction on Twitter, with people taking to social media to ask for more information about the issue.

Though it would not confirm whether any Qataris had been recently detained while visiting the UAE, the foreign affairs ministry published a brief update on its website yesterday.

It stated that the Consul General of Qatar had met with the Dubai Police Commander in Chief this week to discuss “bilateral ties and ways of developing them in all fields.”

 

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