Four Arab Countries Ready to Sort their Disputes with Qatar but on Conditions
Arab countries had cut ties with Qatar earlier this year. However, four of those Arab countries said on July 30, 2017, that they are ready to have a word with Qatar and handle the dispute if Doha expresses willingness to fulfill their demands. The foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia met in Manama-Capital of Bahrain, to collectively discuss the issues that have raised serious tension throughout the region. The bloc led by Saudi cut all ties with the Gulf state on June 5, 2017, accusing the state for supporting groups of militants. However, Doha denied the accusations.
Diplomatic measures taken by Kuwait and supported by various western powers failed to put an end to the clash. The four states have detached any kind of communications and travel connections with Qatar. Although, the conditions seem to be changing slightly. According to the information given by the foreign minister of Bahrain, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, in the joint news conference, the four countries have agreed to discuss the matter with Qatar on a condition that it firmly proclaims its determined willingness to stop any funding or supporting activities towards extremism and terrorism and commits not to interfere in the foreign affairs of other countries. The four countries have instructed Qatar to respond to their thirteen demands.
The countries have not announced any new economic authorizations or approvals on the Gulf state. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates issued a list of thirteen demands earlier for Qatar. The demands included limiting its support and assistance for the Muslim brotherhood, shutting down a Turkish military base, closing the Al Jazeera channel based in Doha, and restraining its relationship with Iran- one of the Gulf enemy. Foreign minister of Saudi, Adel al-Jubeir quoted that Qatar did not show any seriousness in tackling the demands of those four countries.
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