UAE's Gargash says Qatar isolation could last for years

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Monday 19th June 2017 15:03:10 in English News by Super Admin
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    UAE's Gargash says Qatar isolation could last for years

    A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official said on Monday Qatar's powerful Arab neighbors could continue to isolate it "for years" if it did not alter its

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A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official said on Monday Qatar's powerful Arab neighbors could continue to isolate it "for years" if it did not alter its

foreign policy and said a list of their grievances would be completed in the next days.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar on June 5 in the worst diplomatic crisis in the region in years.

The four countries accuse Qatar of fomenting instability in the Middle East, funding terrorism and cosying up to Shi'te power Iran, accusations that Qatar denies.

Kuwait is attempting to mediate, although scant progress has been made so far.

"The Kuwaiti mediation will be very useful and there will be demands coming," Anwar Gargash UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs told a small group of reporters in Paris. "Qatar will realize that this is a new state of affairs and isolation can last years.

"If they want to be isolated because of their perverted view of what their political role is, then let them be isolated. They are still in a phase of denial and anger."

Gargash said the priority concern was in dealing with Doha's links to al Qaeda-linked and other Islamist groups across the region as well as its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Palestinian Hamas group.

 

EARLY DAYS

He said a list of grievances Arab nations had with Qatar would be completed in the next few days.

Qatar earlier on Monday dismissed the accusations against it as a "publicity stunt" aimed solely at sulllying its image and reputation.

"We don't really see an escalation, but isolation. You are part of our team, but you keep scoring an own goal," Gargash said, citing Qatar's support of militant groups in Libya, Yemen and Syria.