Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Turkey: Gulf states are violating Qatar's sovereignty

Hamas is showing clears signs of stress. Mohammed Abed  AFP Hamas is showing clears signs of stress. Mohammed Abed AFP
Howard Terry | 16 July, 2017, 00:39

Le Drian urged the countries boycotting Qatar to lift measures affecting civilians, particularly dual-nationality families and students, as soon as possible.

In early June, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar and moved to isolate the small, but wealthy Gulf nation, canceling air routes between their capitals and Qatar's and closing their airspace to Qatari flights.

To further pressure Qatar, Saudi Arabia has totally closed its land border with its tiny neighbor, through which much of Qatar's food supply crossed.

The defiant Doha government, however, strongly refused to comply, calling the wide-ranging demands "unrealistic, unreasonable and unacceptable".

Qatar's Foreign Minister told reporters in Turkey on Friday that it would be unfair to describe Tillerson's visit to the Gulf as a failure, insisting that the crisis "cannot be solved in a day".

Doha has denied the accusations. He said that France is holding talks with all the countries involved to find the right solution and help resolve the crisis.

France seeks to alleviate tensions between the Arab States and Qatar in order to create grounds for the dialogue, the minister added.

Sheikh Mohammed, in an apparent reference to punitive measures leveled against Doha by the bloc, said curbing terrorism could not be carried out through "practicing political and intellectual terrorism against a state".

"We again express our support of Kuwait, which acts as the mediator, and express our willingness to provide assistance", Le Drian said at the joint press conference with Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir on Saturday, as quoted by the Al Arabiya broadcaster.

On Thursday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left Qatar with no breakthrough reported in resolving the month-long dispute.

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