Saudi Arabia wants Al Jazeera shut down
Saudi Arabia has demanded that Qatar shut down Al Jazeera, as well as the Brookings Doha Centre and the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies, during a recent meeting of the GCC, AFP has reported, citing a source close to someone who attended the talks. After the reportedly heated March 5 GCC meeting, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE recalled their ambassadors from fellow member Qatar. Saudi foreign minister, Saud Al Faisal demanded three things of Doha; “to close the (Qatari-owned) Al Jazeera network, which stirs sedition; close the research centres in Doha, and turn over all outlaws” on its territory, said the source. Qatar said the demand constituted “interference in Qatar’s internal affairs,” the same source said.