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Qatar minister calls for de-escalation of Gulf crisis, Gulf-Iran dialogue

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said the Gulf crisis should be resolved by dialogue, respect for sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of states

Reuters , Wednesday 23 Dec 2020
Moscow, Russia
This handout picture released and taken on December 23, 2020 by the Russian Foreign Ministry shows Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani attending a meeting with his Russian counterpart in Moscow on December 23, 2020. (Photo: AFP)
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Qatar's foreign minister has called for a de-escalation of tension in the Gulf region and for dialogue between Arab countries and Iran, Al Jazeera reported on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-Gulf state Egypt severed diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar in mid-2017 over accusations that Doha it supports terrorism, charges which Qatar denies.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said the Gulf crisis should be resolved by dialogue, respect for sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of states.

Al-Thani also told Doha-based al Jazeera that talks to resolve the crisis were under way, with Saudi Arabia representing the other parties to the dispute. Riyadh said this month a solution was within reach.

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