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DIPLOMATIC ROW: Qatar not serious about meeting demands, Gulf of Arab ministers say

DIPLOMATIC ROW: Qatar not serious about meeting demands, Gulf of Arab ministers say

The foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain have all voiced their regret over Qatar’s reply to the 13-point list of demands, saying Doha is not serious about meeting them.

The four Arab nations which have imposed a blockade on Qatar for its alleged support for terrorism made the statement after a meeting to in Egypt to digress on Qatar’s reply concerning the list of demands.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting in Cairo, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told reporters that Qatar’s response was “generally negative” and failed to “lay the foundation for Qatar’s reversal of the policies it pursues”.

He also described Doha’s response as a “position that reflects a failure to realise the gravity of the situation”.

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“We hope wisdom will prevail and Qatar will eventually make the right decisions,” Shoukry added.

The comments are coming a day after the expiration of a 48-hour deadline extension recommended by Kuwait to allow Qatar comply with set demands tabled before it which Doha has rejected.

Qatari foreign minister has already said that Doha would not meet the demands, saying the list “was meant to be rejected” but instead offered “a proper condition for a dialogue” to resolve the Gulf crisis.

 

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