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Arab decision to tackle Qatar’s support to terrorism was sovereign
10 : 56 AM - 13/09/2017
Cairo, Sep. 13 (BNA): Saudi Ambassador to Egypt Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Qattan said Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is keen to strengthen cooperation between Saudi Arabia and all the world’s countries.

He said that the Kingdom is keen on the unity and sovereignty of Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya. Saudi Arabia is also keen on the safety of their territories, restoring security, advancing their march towards development and building as the political solution based on legitimate and international resolutions is the only way to solve these issues. "There is no need to repeat the official positions of the Kingdom on these issues which is well known to all," he was quoted by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Qattan who is Saudi Arabia's Permanent Representative to the Arab League currently heading the Kingdom's delegation to the 148th session of the Arab foreign ministers in Cairo, said the actions taken by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt towards Qatar are sovereign measures, based on the wrong policies practiced by the Qatari government over many years in supporting and financing terrorism and hosting those involved in terrorism on its territory, spreading hatred and interfering in the internal affairs of other states.

The 13 demands submitted by these countries and the six principles are in fact meant to highlight the Qatari violations and call on it to abide by former agreements, he said, citing that Qatar did not abide by the Riyadh Agreement of 2013 and the Riyadh Agreement of 2014 and continued its negative and hostile policies towards the countries of the region. We have had to take these measures for the benefit of Qatar on one hand and our security and stability on the other, he said citing that there are several Arab and international condemnations of these actions carried out by Qatar. The four countries will continue to adhere to these demands until Qatar responds to these demands," he said.
"Unfortunately, Qatar has given its first hope to end its crisis with the four countries that have boycotted it since then. 5 June 2017 after the telephone call between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, and the Emir of Qatar, who made the call, where Qatar evaded and distorted the reality of the contents of the telephone call that took place, he also said.

The Dialogue with Qatar will be suspended until Qatar issues a clear position, publicly, showing its willingness to dialogue. What has Qatar done reinforced the fact that they are unwilling to enter into dialogue," he reaffirmed.

On Qatar's rapprochement with Iran, Qattan said "this is a sovereign decision, but Qatar's embrace in the arms of the Iranians and others will only lead to ruin and destruction and will have a negative effect on them." Everyone, especially in the GCC states, recognizes the destructive Iranian role which is the interference in internal affairs and destabilization and security of GCC states. No country has dealt with Iran and achieved good from behind it. If the Qatari regime thinks that it has an interest in rapprochement with Iran, the coming days will prove that this is not true at a time when the Qatari people themselves will not accept that Iran will have a role in Qatar, " SPA reported.


BNA 0741 GMT 2017/09/13

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