Gulf states to continue Qatar sanction due to 'negative' reply
By Bu Shi

2017-07-06 18:55 GMT+8

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Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt will continue their political and economic sanctions against Qatar and accused it of displaying "complacency and a lack of seriousness" in response to their list of 13 demands to end the Gulf crisis.

Their joint statement came after foreign ministers of the four Arab nations met in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss the recent development of Qatar crisis.

Sameh Shoukry, Egypt's foreign minister accused Qatar's response for being "generally negative" and failing to "lay the foundation for Qatar's reversal of the policies it pursues". 

"The political and economic boycott will continue until Qatar changes its policies for the better," said Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, after the meeting.

He also warned the Arab nations have the right to take any future measures in line with international law.

The foreign ministers said they would meet again soon in the Bahraini capital, Manama, but gave no fixed date.  

After cutting ties with Qatar on June 5 under claims of the country backing terrorism and interfering in the affairs of neighboring countries, the Saudi-led bloc issued 13 demands for Qatar on June 23, in return for the lifting of the economic and diplomatic sanctions.  

Qatar denied the accusations and slammed the 13 demands, which included shutting down the Al-Jazeera News Network and expelling Turkish military forces in the country, as "unrealistic and not actionable" and a disrespect to their sovereignty.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, Qatar's foreign minister, called for dialogue ahead of the Cairo meeting, saying "We welcome any serious efforts to resolve our differences with our neighbors," but added Qatar would not accept intervention in their own affairs. 

(With input from Reuters)


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