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UAE: Isolation of Qatar may last years

June 20, 2017 at 12:30 pm

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash on 7 March 2017 [Ahmed Gamil/Anadolu]

The UAE Minister for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, said yesterday that the isolation of Qatar “may last for years”.

“We do not want to escalate, we want to isolate Qatar which has to give up its support to militants and radical Islamists,” said Gargash whose country along with Egypt and other Arab countries have cut off their diplomatic ties with Doha.

Gargash accused Qatar of creating a sophisticated platform of financial, media and political support for radical Islamists and hosting many of their leaders.

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He added that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will offer Qatar in the coming days a list of demands that include the expulsion of extremist figures.

The minister stressed that the crisis will not be resolved without Qatar changing its policy and committing to stop supporting militants and radical Islamists.


He called on the West to put in place a monitoring mechanism to ensure that Qatar fulfils its obligations, adding that the United States, France, Britain and Germany have the political weight and technical expertise to exert such control.

French President Emmanuel Macaron will meet with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed at the Elysee Palace tomorrow.