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8 December, 2019 11:52:43 AM

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Qatar FM says ‘some progress’ in mending Gulf rift

AFP, Doha
Qatar FM says ‘some progress’ in mending Gulf rift

Qatar’s foreign minister has spoken of “some progress” in talks with Saudi Arabia on ending a bitter two-year-old rift between Doha and the kingdom and its allies.

A Saudi-led bloc including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut all diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar in June 2017. They broke with Doha over allegations it backs radical Islamists and seeks closer ties with Saudi arch rival Iran.

Qatar vehemently denies the charges.

In the latest sign of a thaw, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said Friday there had been “some progress” in talks with Saudi Arabia.

“We believe the blockade of Qatar and the sequences of events after that has been affecting and undermining the security in our region,” the minister said in Rome at the Mediterranean Dialogue Forum.

“In recent weeks we have moved from a stalemate to some progress. There are some talks that have taken place between us and, specifically, Saudi,” he said.

“We hope these talks will lead to a progress where we can see an end to the crisis.”

The regional schism has seen families divided and increased costs for businessesb but despite the apparent thaw, a face-saving formula still needs to be devised to repair relations.

The Qatari minister said the talks took place under Kuwaiti mediation and thanked Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, for his “continuous efforts and commitment”.

The disclosure of talks come shortly after Saudi King Salman invited Qatar’s emir to a summit of the Gulf regional bloc in Riyadh on Tuesday.

HM

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