Salman: I do not occupy myself with the Qatar crisis

Qatar’s entire population is less than the number of residents in a street in Egypt

Saudi crown prince: I do not occupy myself with the Qatar crisis

Saudi Crown Prince

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman visit the Suez Canal at the city of Ismailia, Egypt, March 5, 2018, in this handout picture courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency. The Egyptian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS

March 06, 2018 – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman addressed the Qatar crisis during his meeting with reporters in Egypt. (Photo courtesy: Anadolu)

Saudi royal court adviser Saud Al Qahtani said on Tuesday that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman addressed the Qatar crisis during his meeting with reporters in Egypt and said that he did not occupy himself with it.

I do not occupy myself with it. The one handling the matter has a post less than a minister’s. Qatar’s entire population is less than the number of residents in a street in Egypt. Any minister (in Saudi Arabia) can resolve that crisis,” Qahtani quoted the crown prince as saying.

A dear colleague at the ministry of foreign affairs whose ranking is Grade 12 is in charge of the Qatari matter, in addition to the tasks assigned to him,” Qahtani said on Twitter.

Qahtani also said that the crown prince compared US’ policy towards Cuba with the anti-terror quartet’s policy towards Qatar.

I disagree with his Highness in one thing here. The US was deprived of the Cuban cigar but we have not been deprived of anything. Qatar has been deprived of everything, such as pastures, and it ended up transforming from a ‘peninsula’ into an isolated ‘island’,” he added.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met on Monday with retired US Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni and Timothy Lenderking, the US deputy assistant secretary of state for Gulf affairs, who were dispatched by the US to the region to discuss solutions for the crisis with Qatar.

Ahmed Abu Zeid, the Egyptian foreign ministry spokesperson, said Shoukry informed the US delegation of the quartet’s worries of Qatar’s continuous negative role in sponsoring terrorism and extremism, whether financially or by providing safe havens to them, and in spreading hate speech and incitement.

Shoukry also voiced worry of Qatar’s interferences in Arab countries’ domestic affairs in a manner that threatens social peace and the entire Arab world’s security and stability.

According to Abu Zeid, the US delegation updated the minister with the results of their meeting in the region. The US delegation also evaluated the efforts of Kuwait’s Emir to resolve the crisis while Shoukry commended these efforts.

Shoukry reiterated there was coordination among the anti-terror quartet, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, adding that they all agree that Qatar must implement the list of the 13 demands which harmonize with international law.

The minister also said that the quartet voiced its seriousness to deal with the crisis at several occasions and voiced its willingness to sit for dialogue with Doha as long as it keeps its commitments to combat terrorism and ends its hostile policy in the region.

He added that the real burden falls on Qatar as it must prove its good intentions, and this hasn’t happened yet despite several regional and international parties’ attempts to resolve the crisis.

As for Zinni, he voiced hope that a solution that pleases all parties is achieved in the next phase. He added that the US is keen on communicating with all parties and on coordinating with Kuwait to find a solution.
Source: Al Arabiya, Tuesday, March 06, 2018
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Saudi-led blockade on Qatar falling apart

March 06, 2018 – Senegal reinstated its ambassador to Qatar in August 2017 in a bid to encourage the resolution of a dispute between Saudi Arabia and its allies against Doha. Recently, Qatar and Chad signed a MoU (memorandum of understanding) resuming diplomatic relations that had been severed for seven months.

In June of 2017, Saudi Arabia along with Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) abruptly cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar. The severing of relations also included withdrawing ambassadors and imposing trade and travel bans on Doha.

Senegal recalled its ambassador in June 2017 along with other African countries such as Chad, Niger and Mauritania in an expression of solidarity with Saudi Arabia.

Now, following in Senegal’s footsteps, another African country, Chad, has resumed relations with Doha, a move that will broaden the gap even further in the Saudi-led blockade against Qatar.

The restoration of diplomatic ties between Doha and N’Djamena is considered a diplomatic triumph” as it proves that negotiation and diplomacy can resolve disputes among nations and sets a model for other countries to take the same path.

It appears that the Saudi-led blockade on Qatar is falling apart and the countries involved in the siege are leaving the alliance one after the other to mend ties with Doha.

Two weeks ago the President of Sudan sent a letter to Qatar’s Emir but the contents of the message weren’t disclosed.

Then, on February 28, the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir received a letter from Qatar’s Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. The message, which also was not revealed, appeared to urge to bilateral ties and ways of developing and enhancing relations between Sudan and Qatar.

Prior to the exchange of letters, Sudan had expressed a willingness to walk out of the Saudi-led blocked of Qatar.

On March 3, the blockading countries issued a joint statement claiming that the Persian Gulf crisis is a “small” problem that needs to be resolved locally by the mediation of Kuwait and Qatar.

The United States, which sees the disagreements among the Persian Gulf Arab states a threat to its interests, is struggling to resolve the crisis, too. To that end, the US has set a meeting in May at Camp David between the Persian Gulf Arab states and Qatar.

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed Bin Zayed will be traveling to the US for talks.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had stated that the negative consequences of the Persian Gulf crisis weren’t only limited to the Arab countries, but it would have its ripple effect on the US as well.

To wrap up, the Arab states that entered the Saudi-led blockade against Qatar, are turning their back on Riyadh and prioritizing their national interests in restoring relations with Doha.

This will ultimately boost Doha’s power among the Persian Gulf Arab states, and we may soon see Egypt, the UAE or even Bahrain join the move.
Source: Tehran Times, March 06, 2018
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