By: Agence France-Presse
Seven Arab singers, principally Saudis, have poured scorn on Qatar in a music that has gone viral, prompting recent rancour between the Gulf rivals as their three-month-old diplomatic spat drags on.
The five-minute music video titled “Teach Qatar”, that includes 5 main Saudi singers together with Mohammad Abdo and Abdulmajeed Abdullah in addition to two Iraqi artists, has to this point attracted greater than two million views.
“Our stabbing is in the face, not in the back,” one of many artists sings, in an obvious swipe at Qatar’s international coverage.
“Teach Qatar and everyone who stood by Qatar that our country is very patient. But when issues reach a dangerous state, then by God you will see the actions of its men.”
Regional kingpin Saudi Arabia in addition to the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain minimize ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of bankrolling Islamist extremist teams. Doha denies the charges.
The 4 Arab states have imposed an embargo on Qatar, recalling their diplomats and banning the emirate from utilizing their airspace or ports.
An advisor to the Saudi royal courtroom composed the music, which was launched by Rotana, an leisure agency primarily owned by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.
Qatar formally dismissed the video as defamatory.
“We stick to our ethics and stay away from the minor acts, and let them slander using their media to disgrace others,” Qatari international ministry official Ahmed bin Saeed al-Rumaihi tweeted.
The video has generated heated debate on social media, with residents of each nations exchanging barbs.
“The propaganda war between the kings and emirs of the Arab Gulf now includes Arab poets and artists – just like old times,” one individual mentioned on Twitter.(AFP)