Arab min­is­ters gather in Cairo to weigh new curbs

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

DUBAI / CAIRO — Four Arab for­eign min­is­ters gath­ered in Cairo to weigh pos­si­ble fur­ther sanc­tions against Qatar on Wed­nes­day in a dis­pute that has aroused deep con­cern among Western al­lies of the re­gion’s rul­ing dy­nas­ties, key part­ners in en­ergy and de­fense.

Re­gional news­pa­pers with links to their gov­ern­ments sug­gested the for­eign min­is­ters of Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates, Egypt and Bahrain might be ill-in­clined to ac­cept Qatar’s response to a list of 13 de­mands when they met in the Egyp­tian cap­i­tal.

The Abu Dhabi gov­ern­mentlinked Al-It­ti­had news­pa­per said that Qatar, with a pop­u­la­tion of 2 mil­lion com­pared to Saudi Ara­bia’s 31 mil­lion, was “walk­ing alone in its dreams and il­lu­sions, far away from its Gulf Arab brothers”.

The four Arab states broke off diplo­matic and trans­port ties with Qatar on June 5, ac­cus­ing Doha of aid­ing ter­ror­ism and court­ing Iran — a re­gional ri­val of the Gulf states which shares in­ter­est in a gas field with Doha.

Qatar, whose in­ter­na­tional diplo­matic and com­mer­cial pro­file has risen in 20 years,

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