CAIRO MEET: QATAR-GULF CRI­SIS FLARES UP

Tem­pers rose at the Arab League meet­ing in Cairo, where diplo­mats from Qatar, Saudi Ara­bia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt par­tic­i­pated.

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Dur­ing his open­ing speech, Qatar's Min­is­ter of State for For­eign Af­fairs, Soltan bin Saad Al Mu­raikhi, re­ferred to Iran as an “hon­ourable coun­try” and said ties had strength­ened with them since the block­ade. In re­sponse, Ahmed Al Kat­tan, Saudi Ara­bia's en­voy to the Arab League, said: “Con­grat­u­la­tions to Iran and soon, God will­ing, you will re­gret it.”

Mean­while, UAE's Min­is­ter of State for For­eign Af­fairs, An­war Gar­gash, said the Gulf cri­sis con­tin­ued “due to Qatar's un­will­ing­ness for peace”.

Mu­raikhi re­sponded by say­ing that the cri­sis started when Qatar News Agency was hacked by UAE-backed per­pe­tra­tors who at­trib­uted false state­ments to Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar.

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