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Qatar ready to mediate between regional powers, Hamas and the US

Lolwah Rashid Al-Khater, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar on September 24, 2019 in New York City [Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Concordia Summit]
Lolwah Rashid Al-Khater (R), spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar on September 24, 2019 in New York City [Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Concordia Summit]

Qatar is ready to mediate between regional powers to achieve peace and stability, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lolwah Al-Khater has said. This includes mediation between Hamas and the US. She made her comments in an interview with Russian news agency Sputnik.

Al Khater was responding to a question about the possibility of Doha mediating between the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement and Washington. She was also asked if mediation between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia is a possibility.

This "was not raised" yet, she noted, but Qatar "welcomes" the possibility while stressing the importance of dialogue with Iran for "peaceful coexistence in the region that takes into account the concerns of the Gulf and Arab countries."

She also pointed out that the invitation Qatar extended to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to visit Doha was still open at a date to be set in cooperation with Cairo.

Asked about developments in Turkish-Egyptian relations, Al-Khater said that Qatar welcomes any honest and constructive dialogue to resolve outstanding issues.

The minister also called on international players to review their "unconditional support" for Israel. Qatar recently pledged $500 million in reconstruction aid for Gaza following the recent military offensive by the occupation state, which ended with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire on 21 May.

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