LONDON – In what appears to be a softening of tone from House of Saud, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Friday that a list of grievances involving Qatar is being drawn up and will be made public soon.
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Talking to newsmen in London, AL-Juberi clarified that the list did not contain demands but a list of grievances that need to be addressed and that the Qataris need to come up with a solution.
The minister maintained that Qatar should respond to demands to refrain from bolstering “extremism and terrorism” and added that the demand was a global one, not just limited to Gulf states.
He expressed that the Saudi regime was working with Bahraini, Egyptian and Emirati allies to thrash out the list for handing it over to Qataris and hoped that the process would complete fairly soon.
On the other hand, according to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the permanent missions of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain at the UN in Geneva have issued a statement in response to the UN human rights commissioner’s comment on the recent measures taken by the three Gulf countries and Egypt against Doha.
“The decision to cut ties with Qatar is a sovereign right of the states concerned and it aims to protect their national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism,” said the statement.
The statement added that the action was taken after all possible means were exhausted as a result of Qatar’s failure to comply with the Riyadh Agreement for the return of ambassadors, and its continued support, funding, and hosting of terrorist, extremist and sectarian organizations.
“The decision was taken in full conformity with the fundamental principles of international law,” it said.
According to the statement, it was decided to take several measures aimed at addressing humanitarian and health cases, establish hot lines in each country so that cases can be reported and appropriate action be taken in a manner consistent with international obligations.
It also said that the Saudi, Emirati and Bahraini missions “reaffirm their willingness to continue working with the parties concerned in order to achieve the desired results of this break-up, namely to maintain security, to combat terrorism and to safeguard the stability and well-being of the people of the region, including the brotherly Qatari people, in full respect for their human rights and international humanitarian law’s commitments.”
Turkish Efforts for solving Qatar Crisis
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday for talks with King Salman, continuing efforts to resolve the diplomatic crisis.
After meeting his Kuwaiti counterpart on Thursday, Cavusoglu was to travel from Jeddah to the holy city of Makkah where King Salman is based for the last days of Ramadan.
Turkey’s chief diplomat was in Doha on Wednesday where he called for dialogue after meeting Qatar’s emir and foreign minister ahead of his Saudi stop.
“Although the Kingdom is a party in this crisis, we know that King Salman is a party in resolving it,” Cavusoglu said earlier.
“We want to hear the views of Saudi Arabia regarding possible solutions and will share with them our views in a transparent way… We pay great attention to our relations with them,” he added.
In an unexpected development, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen and Libya severed their diplomatic links with Qatar earlier June. The latest country to join the bandwagon was Maldives that also announced maintaining no relations with Gulf state ‘because of its firm opposition to activities that encourage terrorism and extremism’.
Reacting to the visible isolation, Qatar’s Foreign Ministry expressed deep regret over the decision of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates’ and Egypt to break diplomatic ties with it.
Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman on Tuesday said that Kuwait was making effort to defuse the diplomatic crisis.
After the untoward decision by Muslim countries, international powers were wondering whether Pakistan would side with Saudi Arabia or takes a different turn.
However, a Foreign Office statement confirmed that Pakistan had no immediate plan to severe ties with Qatar.
“Pakistan has no such plans,” FO spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said in a statement.
“At the moment there is nothing on Qatar issue, (we) will issue a statement if some development takes place,” Zakaria added.