France Calls For Lifting Of Sanctions On Qatar Citizens

Ebony Scott
July 17, 2017

A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official said worldwide monitoring was needed in the standoff between Qatar and its Arab neighbours, adding he saw signs that the pressure exerted on Doha "was working".

In this photo provided by the Qatar News Agency, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, left, speaks during a news conference with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, July 15, 2017.

An extract relating to the Aspire Academy, Qatar's high-performance sports facility opened in Doha in 2004, reads: "At a minimum, the targeting of Aspire-related resources to curry favour with Executive Committee members created the appearance of impropriety".

The foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, meeting in Cairo, "regret the negative response from Qatar", they said in a statement.

The dispute has seen a Saudi-led alliance impose sanctions on Doha over its alleged ties to both Islamist extremist groups and Shiite-dominated Iran.

Taking to American news channel President Donald Trump said USA will keep up good relations with Qatar including that the United States air base won't be moved out of the Middle Eastern country regardless of the diplomatic and economic blockade forced on Doha by the Saudi-drove group.

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The Gulf crisis is the worst to hit the region since the establishment of the Gulf Cooperation Council in 1981.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have been lobbying for just that: to host a USA base as a way to weaken Qatar's ties to the U.S. After that, Saudi Arabia and its allies, which believed the White House would lend its unflinching support to them against Qatar, were trapped by the U.S., and ratified a 10-day ultimatum against Qatar with 13 provisions. Qatar also rejects allegations it has supported terror groups.

Qatar refused to meet the demands last week on the grounds they undermined its national sovereignty. On the one hand, Washington supported Saudi Arabia and its allies, and on the other, dropped their backing for Riyadh by ostensibly criticizing Qatar's performance in the region and at the same time concluding new agreements with Doha.

The report quoted two Qatari bankers as saying that the diplomatic crisis was "the main reason for the deal being postponed, as it had reduced banks' appetite for the transaction".

"We need our neighbours to know that this kind of bullying doesn't work because the people of Qatar are very robust and we have no issue to have our normal life", he said.

Other reports by GizPress

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