UAE minister Gargash tweets on what lies behind decision to cut Qatar ties

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The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, posted on Monday a series of tweets in response to the Saudi and UAE’s decision to sever ties with Qatar.

He called it a “difficult and inevitable day,” adding that the “decision came after years of advising Qatar,” calling for reason – not arrogance – from the Gulf state.

He wrote: “In the UAE, we chose honesty, and transparency, we chose stability over chaos, we chose equality and development, we chose trust and clarity, we chose King Salman and Saudi Arabia.”

“After previous brotherly experiences, there is a need for a future framework that will strengthen the security and stability of the region. It is necessary to rebuild trust after pacts have been broken,” he added.

"Can a brother change his behavior, be a guardian of the covenant and charters, be vigilant to brothers and neighbors, a partner in hardship and ease? This is simply the framework of the solution," Gargash said in another tweet.

"The policy of money, media, betting on partisanship and extremism has proved its failure, the solution is to change provocative and harmful behavior," he said.

Gargash added: “The issue is not about the sovereignty and independence of decision [to sever ties with Qatar], but the rejection of a policy aimed at harming brothers and undermining the security and stability of the Arabian Gulf.” He added, “We cannot be all wrong.”

He said: “I think that [Qatar’s] arrogance and loud media voice is a way of avoiding the crisis, instead of realizing that the solution lies is in reasoning and changing behavior that hurts brotherly and neighborly ties.

“The current crisis is centered on the relationship nature between brotherly allies, the choice of transparency, neighborliness and honesty are a clear solution for a lasting relationship and friendship,” he added.


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