Black­list is­sued in Doha row Rus­sia is ready to help me­di­ate in the cri­sis if asked, Lavrov says

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

RIYADH, Saudi Ara­bia — Saudi Ara­bia and its al­lies un­veiled a “ter­ror­ist” black­list on Tues­day of 18 or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als sus­pected of links with ex­trem­ism that they said had ties with re­gional ri­val Qatar.

The move by the four Arab govern­ments came de­spite mount­ing in­ter­na­tional pres­sure to com­pro­mise in their weeks-old boy­cott of their fel­low US ally.

Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates, Bahrain and Egypt black­listed nine charity and me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions and nine in­di­vid­u­als “di­rectly or in­di­rectly linked to Qatari au­thor­i­ties” as “ter­ror­ist”, a joint state­ment car­ried by the Saudi Press Agency said.

“We ex­pect Qatari au­thor­i­ties to take the next step and pros­e­cute the ter­ror­ist groups and peo­ple,” the state­ment added.

The four govern­ments have been boy­cotting Qatar since June 5 in the re­gion’s worst diplo­matic cri­sis in years.

They sealed the emi­rate’s only land bor­der, or­dered its cit­i­zens to leave and closed their airspace and wa­ters to Qatari flights and ship­ping.

They de­manded that Qatar break its long-stand­ing ties with the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, black­listed as a “ter­ror group” by the four govern­ments al­though not by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

They also de­manded that it close broad­cast­ing gi­ant Al-Jazeera and a Turk­ish mil­i­tary base, and fall in line with Saudi-led pol­icy in the re­gion, par­tic­u­larly to­ward Iran.

Qatar has dis­missed the de­mands as a vi­o­la­tion of its sovereignty.

Rus­sia is ready to help me­di­ate in the dis­pute if asked, For­eign Min­is­ter Ser-

We are in­ter­ested in this cri­sis be­ing over­come, tak­ing into ac­count mu­tual con­cerns and find­ing so­lu­tions.” Sergei Lavrov, Rus­sian for­eign min­is­ter

gei Lavrov said on Mon­day.

“We are in­ter­ested in this cri­sis be­ing over­come, tak­ing into ac­count mu­tual con­cerns and find­ing so­lu­tions which will be ac­cept­able for all par­tic­i­pants of this process,” Lavrov told the Kur­dish tele­vi­sion chan­nel Ru­daw, ac­cord­ing to a tran­script of the in­ter­view pub­lished on his min­istry’s web­site.

US me­di­a­tion

US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son, who this month spent four days in the re­gion try­ing to bro­ker a set­tle­ment of the cri­sis, has voiced sat­is­fac­tion with Qatar’s ef­forts to ad­dress any suspicion of ter­ror fund­ing.

The four govern­ments on Tues­day black­listed three or­ga­ni­za­tions based in Ye­men and six based in Libya ac­cus­ing them of ties to al-Qaida.

They also black­listed three Qataris, three Ye­me­nis, two Libyans and a Kuwaiti they said were im­pli­cated in “fundrais­ing cam­paigns to sup­port al-Nusra Front and other ter­ror­ist mili­tias”.

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