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Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:00 PM


No negotiation until sanctions dropped, says Qatari foreign minister

Source: The Guardian

Monday 19 June 2017 13.10 BST

Qatar will not negotiate with Gulf states that have cut economic and travel ties with it unless they reverse their sanctions, its foreign minister has said.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said on Monday that Qatar had still not received any demands from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which severed relations two weeks ago, triggering the worst Gulf Arab crisis in years.

The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain have all imposed an embargo on Qatar, accusing the Gulf state of funding terrorism and fomenting regional unrest, charges Doha denies.

“Qatar is under blockade, there is no negotiation. They have to lift the blockade to start negotiations,” Thani told reporters in Doha. “Until now we didn’t see any progress about lifting the blockade, which is the precondition for anything to move forward.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/19/turkish-troops-take-part-in-joint-military-exercises-in-qatar-blockade-saudi

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