United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed, said that, Qatar is “reluctant to change its policy towards supporting terrorism.”
The UAE’s top diplomat made the remarks, at a press conference in the country’s capital, Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Abdullah said, the Saudi-led quartet, including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, wait for Doha to respond to their 13 demands, the report said. Kuwait, which is playing a mediatory role in the crisis, reached on Monday, an extension of the deadline by 48 hours.
The four Arab countries have issued 13 demands to Qatar, over its alleged support of extremism, which they say Doha must meet or face further sanctions.
The quartet demand from gas-rich Qatar, to expel “terrorists,” severe ties with Iran, terminate the presence of a Turkish military base in the country, and to close the government-controlled news channel, Al Jazeera.
The quartet cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Jun 5 and imposed a transport boycott to and from the Gulf state, by closing their land, sea and air borders for Qatari vehicles, ships and planes.
Sheikh Abdullah said, the decision of the Saudi-led quartet to boycott Qatar matured after “years of patience,” according to the report. He said, the four countries had had “enough” of Qatar supporting terrorism.”
Qatar denies the charges that it was supporting “terrorism and extremism.”
Following the press conference, Sheikh Abdullah held talks with his German counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel, who tours the region currently, to reach a diplomatic solution of the spat.
Gabriel held talks on Monday, in Riyadh, with the Saudi government, about the Gulf crisis.-
Source: NAM News Network