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UAE official says Qatar crisis won't end soon

UAE official says Qatar crisis won't end soon

"France calls for the lifting, as soon as possible, of the measures that affect the populations in particular, bi-national families that have been separated or students", Le Drian told reporters in Doha, after he met his counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

A new report by the Washington Post, citing USA intelligence, says there is evidence that the United Arab Emirates coordinated the hacking of Qatar's state media agency (QNA), which led to the blockade of the Gulf monarchy.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of supporting terrorism and Iran, something Doha denies.

The officials say USA intelligence agencies were able to confirm a May 23 meeting by UAE leaders discussing the plan, and that the very next day, a Qatari state media outlet was hacked, and false quotes attributed to the Qatari Emir were planted there.

Qatar has denied any support for extremism and accused the countries of seeking to infringe on its sovereignty.

Gargash welcomed the US-Qatari memorandum to disrupt financing of terrorist organizations, signed last week, and described it as a positive sign.

Kuwait is trying to mediate the dispute.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will arrive in Kuwait today, the key mediator between Qatar and its Arab neighbours, for talks aimed at defusing the Gulf's worst crisis in years. He even seemed to welcome the possibility of a future with no ties to Qatar at all: "Although we may lose the confusing and confused neighbor with its own social fabric, we will be gaining clarity and transparency".




The French Foreign Minister began his two-day Gulf tour from Doha in Qatar.

"We will have a good relationship with Qatar and not going to have a problem with the military base", Trump said in an interview with CBN News circulated on Wednesday.

"Underneath the surface however. the U.S. - including Tillerson - likely sees significant strategic and lucrative benefits to any long-running stand-off between these states".

"We need a regional solution and worldwide monitoring", said Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, in prepared remarks he was scheduled to deliver on Monday in London.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will visit the key players in the crisis - including Saudi Arabia and Qatar - in the next weeks.

"The objective of all countries of the world is to combat terrorism and the funding of terrorism".

Federation Internationale de Football Association will want to take a decision on the merits of Qatar's ability to deliver a safe, secure and well managed World Cup rather than based on political arguments, many of which have yet to be substantiated.


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