Turkey: Gulf states are violating Qatar's sovereignty

Pauline Gross
July 15, 2017

On Wednesday, Tillerson left the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah after talks with ministers from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, the four countries which have imposed travel and commercial sanctions on Qatar.

HE the Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani met the French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, who is now visiting the country.

The Arab quartet have expelled Qatari nationals and imposed a blockade, impacting mixed-nationality families in the Gulf, students and people seeking medical treatment overseas, among others.

"France should be a facilitator in the mediation" led by Kuwait, Le Drian told reporters.

"No wavering on the 13 demands" the headline of the Abu Dhabi government-linked al-Ittihad newspaper read on Thursday, referring to a list of demands the Arab states had put to Qatar. Qatar also rejects allegations it has supported terror groups.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash on Friday said the Qatar crisis, which pits the Arab quartet and Qatar, would not end soon.

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Qatar's foreign minister says it would be unfair to describe U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's shuttle diplomacy to find a solution for the Persian Gulf as a failure, insisting that the crisis "cannot be solved in a day".

Saudi commentators criticized the result of Tillerson's visit to Qatar, saying the signed counterterrorism agreement fell far short of the demands made for Qatar to change its policy of supporting Islamists.

"As to the Muslim Brotherhood, we've had sticking points with these parties ourselves, the USA, in terms of how we view the Muslim Brotherhood's activities", Tillerson said.

On a possible exclusion of Qatar from the six member states forming Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the UAE minister pointed out that "Although we may lose the confused and awkward neighbour. we gain clarity and transparency".

Qatar hosts some of the movement's prominent figures, including the spiritual leader and Egypt-born Yusuf al-Qaradawi. All three are considered allies of many Western nations.

A source familiar with the Qatari government's World Cup activities said Qatar is aware the Saudis and others are engaged in such a move but understands Qatar has not yet received the letter.

Other reports by GizPress

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