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.
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.