Friday, 9 June 2017

Qatar crisis: Germany seeks to bridge rift with Arab states

Germany has called for diplomatic efforts to resolve a growing crisis over Qatar, which is accused by four Arab neighbours of funding terrorism.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain cut travel and diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday.

Speaking after hosting his Qatari counterpart on Friday, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel called for the "sea and air blockades" to be lifted.

The Qataris deny accusations that they support Islamist extremists.

Ever since the dispute between Qatar and its neighbours erupted, Germany has pushed for a diplomatic solution.
Mr Gabriel met Saudi Foreign Minister Adil al-Ahmad al-Jubayr two days ago, and said all parties were seeking "to avoid further escalation".

Then on Friday, Mr Gabriel spoke to Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in the northern German town of Wolfenbuettel.

"We are convinced that now is the hour of diplomacy and we must talk to each other; along with our American colleagues but above all our colleagues in the region, we must try to find solutions, especially lifting the sea and air blockades," he told reporters afterwards.

BBC     News.

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