Arab quartet foreign ministers reiterate Qatar must heed demands to mend ties

Ahram Online , Thursday 12 Apr 2018

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Arab Quartet Foreign Ministers meeting in Riyadh, Thursday 13 April, (Photo: Egypt's Foriegn Ministry)

Foreign ministers from the Arab quartet have reiterated that Qatar should abide by the group's list of 13 demands and six principles as a condition to resume normal ties with the Gulf emirate.

The foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain held a preparatory meeting on Thursday on the sidelines of the 29th Arab summit in Saudi Arabia's Dammam, which is scheduled to start on Sunday.

The preparatory meeting discussed the latest regional developments concerning Iran and its intervention in Arab countries' affairs, as well as latest escalations in Syria and the situation in Yemen.

The four countries severed diplomatic and transport links with Qatar in June last year, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and meddling in their internal affairs, and sparking the region's worst diplomatic dispute in years. Doha has denied the accusations.

In recent months, several diplomatic efforts have taken place to resolve the lingering diplomatic row and support mediation efforts, mainly by Kuwait and the US.

The four states have repeatedly said they are ready for dialogue to ease the dispute if Doha shows a willingness to deal with their demands and stop its "hostile" policies in the region.

Egypt accuses the Gulf Arab state of “supporting terrorist organisations”, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

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