Arab quar­tet ready for talks with Qatar

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

MANAMA, Bahrain — The Saudi Ara­bia-led Arab quar­tet have ex­pressed pre­pared­ness for talks with Qatar, while in­sist­ing that Doha must meet their de­mands.

“We re­it­er­ate the im­por­tance of Qatar’s com­pli­ance with the 13 de­mands out­lined by the four states,” said a joint state­ment re­leased by the for­eign min­is­ters of Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates, Bahrain and Egypt af­ter a meet­ing on Sun­day.

Speak­ing at a joint news con­fer­ence, Bahrain’s For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khal­ifa said the four coun­tries are ready for di­a­logue with Qatar if it an­nounces its “sin­cere will­ing­ness” to stop fund­ing ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism, halt in­ter­fer­ence in other coun­tries’ for­eign af­fairs, and re­spond to the 13 de­mands.

“We are ready to have a di­a­logue pro­vided the 13 con­di­tions are met by Qatar,” said Sheikh Khalid.

Saudi For­eign Min­is­ter Adel Al Jubeir said their de­mands “can­not be ne­go­ti­ated”, adding steps taken by his coun­try along with the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt were “sovereign and within in­ter­na­tional ac­cords”.

On the is­sue of Qatari hajj pil­grims, Al Jubeir said they are wel­comed like pil­grims from any other coun­try.

“The King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia does not ac­cept politi­ciza­tion of the pil­grim­age, which is a re­li­gious act,” he said. “We will wel­come Qatari pil­grims like other Mus­lims.”

UAE For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Ab­dulla bin Zayed Al Nahyan said all mea­sures taken by four states were within in­ter­na­tional laws and “es­sen­tial to de­ter the scourge of ter­ror­ism which af­fected sta­bil­ity of other coun­tries”.

The Saudi-led bloc cut diplo­matic ties with Qatar and im­posed a block­ade on the tiny rich Gulf na­tion on June 5, cit­ing Doha’s sup­port of ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism, in­ter- fer­ing in their in­ter­nal af­fairs and seek­ing closer ties with Iran, a Saudi ri­val.

They pre­sented in June a list of 13 de­mands to Qatar as pre­con­di­tions for re­sum­ing diplo­matic ties and end­ing their sanc­tions. The de­mands in­cluded Doha’s end to fund­ing ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism, stop­ing in­ter­fer­ence in their in­ter­nal af­fairs and down­grad­ing ties with Iran.

For its part, Qatar has strongly de­nied the charges, while re­ject­ing the quar­tet’s de­mands, cit­ing it would not ne­go­ti­ate on is­sues re­lated to its sovereignty.

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