The four Arab nations boycotting Qatar have announced willingness to initiate a dialogue with the country, bringing the hope of some sort of resolution to the gulf crisis.
The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have expressed readiness to engage in a dialogue with Doha if it agrees to some of their demands including showing genuine willingness to stop funding terrorism.
The same was revealed by Bahrain’s foreign minister on 30 July 2017, after a two-meet with his counterparts from the other three nations.
"The four countries are ready for dialogue with Qatar with the condition that it announces its sincere willingness to stop funding terrorism and extremism and its commitment to not interfere in other countries' foreign affairs and respond to the 13 demands," said Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain had previously issued a list of 13 demands to Qatar for lifting sanctions placed on it by them. The demands were, however, rejected by the Arab state with the explanation that they were neither reasonable nor actionable.
Besides this, a joint statement issued during the two-day meet of the four Arab nations reiterated the importance of the six guiding principles declared at the Cairo meeting as representing international consensus towards combating terrorism and extremism, uprooting its funding, and rejecting interference in the internal affairs of other countries.
• The Gulf Crisis 2017 began in June 2017, when four Gulf countries including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt abruptly cut off all diplomatic ties with Qatar.
• The cut off included withdrawal of ambassadors and imposing trade and travel bans.
• The reason for the sudden move was cited to be the nation’s alleged support for terrorism. The four Gulf States accused Qatar of funding and supporting terrorist groups.
• Qatari channel Al Jazeera also faced a lot of flak for its Islamic bent and critical reporting of the regressive regimes in the region.
• Besides this, the nation was also accused of maintaining good relations with Iran and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.
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