Neigh­bours can stay

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

DOHA: Qatar has moved to avoid a fur­ther es­ca­la­tion of ten­sion with its Gulf neigh­bours by say­ing their cit­i­zens are “free to re­main in the coun­try”.

Qatar’s in­te­rior min­istry said na­tion­als of coun­tries that had re­cently sev­ered diplo­matic ties with Qatar were free to stay on in the Gulf state in line with ex­ist­ing reg­u­la­tions. It said there was no change in pol­icy to­wards the na­tion­als of “broth­erly and friendly coun­tries, which cut or re­duced diplo­matic re­la­tions fol­low­ing the ma­li­cious and hos­tile cam­paigns against Qatar”. Qatar was willing to “hold a di­a­logue” to end the cur­rent ten­sion.

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