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Qatar foreign minister: Gulf differences have come to an end

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Khalid Al Attiyah

In Qatar’s first public remarks about a GCC-wide agreement signed last week, a senior official has said a dispute between his country and three of its neighbors has been resolved.

Speaking to reporters in Kuwait, Foreign Minister Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah said:

“The statement issued in Riyadh on April 17 was clear … For the brothers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the dispute is over,” AFP reports him as saying.

Thursday’s accord involved adopting mechanisms to insure the security, stability and interests of each Gulf state, without compromising their sovereignty, according to a statement released by GCC nations.

The agreement apparently resolved an ongoing dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, who last month withdrew their ambassadors from Doha.

The three countries said Qatar was not upholding its part of a Gulf security pact. At the time, officials in Doha suggested that the dispute was more likely over the nation’s foreign policy – namely, its support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

No details

Because no specifics about last week’s agreement were disclosed, speculation about its terms has been rife. Gulf media reports have asserted that Qatar agreed to tone down its Al Jazeera coverage, as well as expel Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters from the country, including prominent Islamic scholar Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi.

But Al Qaradawi swiftly debunked that rumor earlier this week, calling it “totally baseless.”

While Al Attiyah did not go into any details about the agreement yesterday, he stressed that no significant compromises were involved. QNA quotes his as saying:

“The brothers in the GCC countries have reached deals which do not mean that concessions were made by any party…(it is now) left for the brothers in the GCC states to send their ambassadors back.”

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Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
7 years ago

If this is true then good and well done

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago

This spat seems a version of fighting over who has the biggest shwarma.

It is not as if they would go to war with each other and it is just a few royal families having an ego competition. Never going to affect anything on the ground and most gulf families are interelated anyway and have no problem with each other.

PlanetCitizen
PlanetCitizen
7 years ago

Lets hope this region does not turn out to be another Spain……

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