Qatar. According to
Countryaah.com, Qatar's former emir, the Sheikh Khalifa resident
of the United Arab Emirates, visited Bahrain, Saudi Arabia,
Kuwait, Egypt and Syria in late 1995 and early 1996 in what
was perceived as an attempt to regain power in Qatar. He
also managed to gain control of a substantial portion of
Qatar's financial reserves. In this context, a sum of three
billion dollars was mentioned.
Qatar's Interior Minister reported on February 20 that
the country's security forces have succeeded in "destroying
an attempt to undermine security and stability" in the
country. It was announced that 100 people had been jailed in
connection with the coup attempt. It had been overseas from
Sheik Hamad, a former Qatari minister of economy and trade.
Sheikh Khalifa denied all involvement in the coup.
As the first Israeli Prime Minister ever visited Shimon
Perez's Qatar in April. It was perceived as a confirmation
of the new and different foreign policy line that Qatar has
followed since the change of power in the summer of 1995.
Qatar closed an arms deal with the UK at a value equivalent
to SEK 5 billion. The deal included armored vehicles,
robots, ships and exercise aircraft.