Egypt calls for probe into Qatar ransom payment

Egypt calls for probe into Qatar ransom payment
Kidnapped included members of the country's ruling royal family

New York - Qatar has denied trying to pay ransom money to secure the release of 26 Qataris



By Reuters

Published: Thu 8 Jun 2017, 10:11 PM

Last updated: Fri 9 Jun 2017, 12:14 AM

Egypt on Thursday called for the United Nations Security Council to launch an investigation into accusations that Qatar paid a ransom of up to $1 billion to a terrorist group active in Iraq" to release kidnapped members of its royal family.

"This violation of the Security Council resolutions, if proved correct, shall definitely have a negative bearing on counter-terrorism efforts on the ground," senior Egyptian UN diplomat Ihab Moustafa Awad Moustafa told the council.

Qatar has denied trying to pay ransom money to secure the release of 26 Qataris, including members of the country's ruling royal family, abducted in Iraq by unidentified gunmen. - Reuters


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