President of Washington-based Saudi lobbyist group 'reminds' Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani of fate of Mohamed Morsi
The president of a US-based Saudi lobbyist group stated on Twitter that the emir of Qatar's alleged support of Iran and "insults" against Riyadh could see him suffer the same fate as Egypt's deposed president, Mohamed Morsi.
Salman al-Ansari, of the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC), sparked outrage by saying: "To the Emir of Qatar: regarding your taking the side of the extremist Iranian government, and your insulting of the custodian of the two holy mosques.
"I want to remind you that Mohamed Morsi did the same thing and ended up isolated and imprisoned."
— Salman Al-Ansari سلمان الأنصاري (@Salansar1) May 29, 2017
Users took his tweet as a direct threat against Qatar and its leader, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
Some considered it to be ironic that al-Ansari invited Israel to contribute to Saudi’s vision 2030, and then threatened to overthrow the leadership in Qatar because of their relationship with Iran.
— تركي الشلهوب🤐 (@TurkiShalhoub) May 31, 2017
Translation: The president of the Saudi lobby in the US that called Israel to participate in #Vision2030 threatens the overthrow of the Qatari leadership because of its relationship with Iran
حبيب الصهاينه رئيس اللوبي السعودي بواشنطن عادة ينبطح ويطالب بالتطبيع مع الصهاينه ولكنه هكذا يتحدث مع غيرهم ! pic.twitter.com/IAnX5HCQ6f
— محمد الخليوي (@khelaiwy) May 30, 2017
Translation: The Zionists' lover, president of the Saudi lobby in Washington slips again and demands normalisation with Zionists, but this is how he talks to others!
Users were also taken aback by what seemed to be pride in what had happened to Mohamed Morsi, the former president of Egypt who was overthrown in a military coup in July 2013.
رئيس اللوبي السعودي ب اميركا
يتفاخر بتدبير الانقلاب علي
د مرسي ويهدد امير قطر
بتدبير انقلاب عليه
— الثوره_تجمعنا (@thawra_tegma3na) May 31, 2017
Translation: #Sisi_regime_is_a_failure President of the Saudi lobby in the US boasts of organising the coup against Dr Morsi, and threatens the Emir of Qatar with organising a coup against him
رئيس مايسمى اللوبي السعودي في أمريكا يتفاخر بتدبير انقلاب ضد د.مرسي ويتوعد دولة قطر بذات المصير !
على السعوديه تبرأت نفسها من هذه التصريحات
— ترحال القطرية❤️ (@TR7AL_QTR) May 30, 2017
Translation: President of what is known as the Saudi lobby in the US boasts of organising a coup against Morsi and promises the state of Qatar with the same fate! Saudi must absolve itself from these remarks
Users took the tweet as a serious threat to Qatar.
Translation: An explosive message from the president of the Saudi lobby in America to the Emir of Qatar
هذا يبغى يدافع عن السعودية راح اتفاخر بدعمها للانقلابات 😭😭 https://t.co/Di5olr7qvf
— عمر بن عبدالعزيز Omar Abdulaziz (@oamaz7) May 30, 2017
Translation: This guy wanted to defend Saudi, and ended up boasting its support for coups
Recent events have strained relationships between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours.
Qatar was subject to hacking in recent weeks, when hackers posted a fake story quoting Qatar’s leader, and they didn’t hold back in their responses.