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Saudi: Qatar must stop supporting Hamas to restore ties

Image of Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on 7 June, 2017 [Cüneyt Karadağ/Anadolu Agency]
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on 7 June, 2017 [Cüneyt Karadağ/Anadolu Agency]

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said yesterday that Qatar must end its support for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood to restore ties with other Arab states.

Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said Qatar knew exactly what to do to restore relations with Riyadh and its Arab allies.

We want to see Qatar implement the promises it made a few years back with regard its support of extremist groups, regards its hostile media and interference in affairs of other countries

Al-Jubeir told reporters in Paris.

“Nobody wants to hurt Qatar. It has to choose whether it must move in one direction or another direction.”

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Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain said on Monday they would sever all ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

“We took this step with great pain so that it understands that these policies are not sustainable and must change,” Al-Jubeir said.

Al-Jubeir added that Qatar was undermining the Palestinian Authority and Egypt in its support of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

We don’t think this is good. Qatar has to stop these policies so that it can contribute to stability in the Middle East

he said.

Al-Jubeir declined to say exactly what he wanted Qatar to do immediately, but said the measures taken by Arab states, including a sea, land and air blockade would have a considerable cost on the country.

“We believe that common sense and logic will convince Qatar to take the right steps. The decisions that were made were very strong and will have a fairly large cost on Qatar and we do not believe that Qataris want to sustain those costs,” he said.

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