Gargash ups the ante on Qatar crisis

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UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash: “The causes of the crises are known, and the solution is also known and will come in time." -- Courtesy photo

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH -- "The Gulf has changed and cannot go back to what it was,” UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash has said on the third anniversary of the severing of ties with Qatar, stressing that the crisis was “not worth commenting on.”

In a tweet late Friday, Gargash said the region cannot return to what it was before the Qatar crisis.

“I do not think that the Qatar crisis, on its third anniversary, deserves comment. Paths have diverged and the Gulf has changed and cannot go back to what it was,” Gargash said in the tweet..

“The causes of the crises are known, and the solution is also known and will come in time. Perhaps the best advice is to ignore and move beyond escalation and act for the future,” he added.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt severed all ties with Qatar on JUne 5, 2017. The action included a travel ban and cutting political and trade relations. The four countries accused Doha of supporting terrorism and cozying up to Iran. Qatar denied the charges.

Recently, leaked audio recordings between Qatari leadership and the assassinated Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have raised controversy of Doha’s foreign policy.

One recording reportedly captured Qatar’s former emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani telling Gaddafi that Doha-owned Al Jazeera would not stop negative coverage of Saudi Arabia. -- Agencies


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