Friday, 21 July, 2017

France aims to be 'facilitator' in Gulf crisis talks

Kenny Thornton | 16 July, 2017, 01:38

Gulf states' demands which include the closure of a Turkish military base in Qatar are "unacceptable", Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said yesterday.

France has called for sanctions affecting Qatari nationals to be swiftly lifted to ease the rumbling row between the Gulf country and its neighbours.

In June, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates broke off diplomatic relations and communication with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs.

He reiterated that Qatar should not support terrorist groups and their financing or host their members and should end incitement through the media.

"We hope to resolve this crisis within the Gulf house, and we hope that wisdom prevails for our brothers in Qatar in order to respond to the demands of the worldwide community - not just of the four countries", he said.

Tejashwi Yadav distances himself from Nitish Kumar, skips government event
JD (U) Deputy Leader in the Assembly Shyam Rajak, however said, "Everybody should maintain transparency in public life". Labour Minister Vijay Prakash, who is from the RJD, said, "I do not know why Tejaswiji did not come to the function".

The top French diplomat also said his respective country "should be a facilitator in the mediation" led by Kuwait, a key mediator in the crisis.

On Thursday, Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said al-Bashir on Sunday will fly to Kuwait at the start of a tour that will also take him to UAE to back efforts by the Emir of Kuwait to resolve the Gulf crisis.

Sheikh Mohammed, in an apparent reference to punitive measures leveled against Doha by the bloc, said curbing terrorism could not be carried out through "practicing political and intellectual terrorism against a state".

The visit comes after USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson worked to help solve the row earlier this week, as well as visits from British and German officials.

"We hope to cooperate with Saudi Arabia in implementing Saudi Vision", he added, after talks with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir.

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