The National: Qatar opposition conference to launch in London

A Qatari businessman living in exile in Britain has been securing backing from a prominent Conservative MP to launch an opposition conference in London in September.

Khalid al-Hail, a former associate for Hamid bin Jassim, the ex-prime minister of Qatar, is organising a one-day meeting to give voice to Qataris that want a change of direction. The gathering comes as other GCC states are boycotting Qatar over its record of promoting extremism and harbouring terrorists in Doha.

Daniel Kawczynski, a Conservative MP with links to the region, said that while ministers and others had heard representations from Qatari officials defending their record, it was important to examine why the country’s neighbours had raised the alarm over Qatar.

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