UK Foreign Secretary Urges Dialogue To End Qatar Gulf Rift

Posted July 10, 2017

The four Arab states have cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar, which they also accuse of allying with their regional arch-foe Iran.

"While entities from across the Gulf and Iran have been guilty of advancing extremism, those in Saudi Arabia are undoubtedly at the top of the list", Tom Wilson, a fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, said in a statement.

He was met late on Saturday by Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani at Al Bahr palace in Doha. Qatar has denied the allegations, and says the bloc's ultimatums are an affront to its sovereignty.

Jarallah made his remarks after meeting Wednesday with Johnson in London, adding that they both reviewed developments of the Gulf dispute since its beginning, as well as Kuwait's efforts aimed at bridging the gap and reaching a solution to the root causes of the dispute.

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"Those who followed Qatar's response to the demands were shocked by Qatar's denials and how it dealt carelessly with genuine concerns over the evils that have undermined security and stability and led to a real crisis", the Minister said on Twitter, adding, that Doha's arguments were "weak" and "shockingly naive".

This compensation will be for the damages suffered by Qatar due to the blockade and isolation imposed by Arab nations.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has flown to Kuwait and Qatar to try and bring an end to the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf region. They did not specify what those steps could include, though officials have previously suggested they could intensify efforts to isolate Qatar economically.

Washington is anxious that the ongoing standoff could damage its operations to strike terrorists in the Middle East as it has a huge military base in Qatar.

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On June 22, they issued a 13-point list of demands, including the shutdown of Al Jazeera, as a prerequisite to lift the sanctions.

In a statement attributed to an unnamed senior foreign ministry official released later Friday, Qatar called allegations made by the quartet against it false and tantamount to "defamation in contradiction with the established foundations of global relations".

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Kuwait on Monday on a similar mission.

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