Working on list of Qatar grievances: Saudi Arabia

- Reuters, LONDON

Jun 18, 2017-

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Friday the four Arab states that broke ties with Doha were drawing up a list of “grievances,” and would present them soon, warning that Qatar could not fund extremism and remain on good terms with neighbouring states.

The minister, Adel al-Jubeir, told journalists in London that Qatar should respond to demands to halt its support for “extremism and terrorism” which, he said, were being made by the whole world and not just Gulf states.

Four Arab states - Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt - severed diplomatic relations with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and Iran - charges that Doha has denied. The UAE has also decided to blacklist Qatari individuals and entities.

The political crisis in the Gulf prompted US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to announce on Friday that he was cancelling his planned trip next week to attend an Organization of American States meeting in Mexico to instead remain in Washington to work on reducing diplomatic strains. Tillerson “will continue his efforts to de-escalate tensions in the Middle East through meetings and phone conversations with Gulf and regional leaders,” the US State Department said.

Published: 18-06-2017 09:36

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