Lift siege before dialogue, Qatar tells Gulf countries

Trevor Jackson
July 26, 2017

The four Arab states accuse Qatar of ties to Iran and of funding Islamist extremist groups.

However, HE al-Attiyah said: "Lifting the siege should precede any dialogue". The aim of the visits to those countries was the settlement of the Qatar crisis.

"The conference condemns unequivocally the threats by the governments of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Arab Republic of Egypt and the kingdom of Bahrain demanding the closing down of Al-Jazeera and other media outlets", it said. Those four nations, three of which belong to the Persian Gulf Cooperation Forum, decreed at the beginning of June a political and commercial boicot against Qatar with the pretext that it supported terrorists.

"We expect Qatari authorities to take the next step and prosecute the terrorist groups and people", the statement said.

And on Tuesday, the four states blacklisted nine organizations and nine individuals "directly or indirectly linked to Qatari authorities" as "terrorist", according to a joint statement carried by Egypt's official MENA news agency.

The terror list also included the names of nationals of other countries including two Libyans, Ahmed Al-Hesnawi and Saadi Al-Nofalli.

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Though Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's just-concluded Gulf tour failed to break the impasse there, it has at least helped protect Turkey's interests in the region.

"Destruction is easy but reconstructing what's destroyed is hard", Erdogan told reporters.

On one hand, Turkey boasts close economic and security ties with Qatar, not only because they are close economic partners, but also they share common views on some regional issues.

Egypt's Foreign Affairs Minister Samih Shokary asserted on Monday evening that Egypt will not compromise on the conditions it stipulated with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain in order to reach reconciliation with Qatar.

Al-Attiyah said that the speech of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani was clear and comprehensive, laying a roadmap and telling the truth that numerous people knew but that some parties refuse to understand.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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