UK: Progress can be made to ease Qatar-Gulf rift

Kristopher Drake
July 10, 2017

However, Qatar has denied the allegations and said that the move was an attempt to infringe upon the country's sovereignty.

"We have sovereign wealth funds of 250 per cent of gross domestic product, we have Qatar Central Bank reserves, and we have a ministry of finance strategic reserve", the country's finance minister Ali Sharif al-Emadi told The Times.

The officials agree Qatar's position in hosting Muslim Brotherhood officials and supporting them in other countries is troublesome, The Post said. "The demands of the four countries were that Qatar would comply with the Riyadh agreement signed by Qatar in 2013 and 2014 to overcome the crisis".

Qatar has said thousands of its citizens have been affected by the isolation measures in what has emerged as the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the Gulf in recent years.

"The crisis has to do with Qatar's spread of hate and agitation and interference in the internal affairs of the region".

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Qatar's answers were "overall negative and lacked any substance".

Saudi Arabia was chosen to host the 2020 summit, which officials said reflects the "world's trust in the Kingdom".

It went on to say that Qatar "is an active member committed to worldwide conventions in combating terrorism and its financing at the regional and global levels". "If you look at Saudi Arabia, they are having genuine issues with their finances".

Egypt along with Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have accused Qatar of harboring Islamic extremism.

"Everybody I have talked to said the opposite".

- The German foreign minister did not make any statement to Al Jazeera. He added that "no diplomatic efforts will succeed if Doha does not act reasonably".

"The Foreign Secretary is urging all parties to get behind Kuwait's mediation efforts and work towards de-escalation and Gulf unity for the sake of regional stability", the UK Foreign office said in a statement.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson travels to Kuwait today, where its government has unsuccessfully tried to mediate an end to the dispute between a Saudi-led bloc and Qatar, home to the largest United States military base in the region.

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