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Saudi FM: Actions against Qatar in the interest of Doha itself and region

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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Wednesday that the decisions taken by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and a number of Arab and Islamic countries against Qatar were in the interest of Qatar itself and the region, affirming that Gulf states could resolve a row with Qatar amongst themselves without outside help.

“We have not asked for mediation. We believe this issue can be dealt with among the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council,” he told a news conference along with his German counterpart in Berlin. (ALSO: UAE minister Gargash ‘cannot rule out’ more steps against Qatar)

“We discussed the crisis in the Gulf and the reasons for our actions towards Qatar. We did not ask for mediation from Germany or France,” he said.

He stressed that terrorism is rejected whatever its source and funding “and we face it in cooperation with our friends.”
Al-Jubeir explained that “Saudi Arabia has suffered from terrorism, and we are at the forefront of the countries that fight it.”

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He said he had not been officially informed of any US investigation into the alleged hacking of Qatar’s news agency, a development which is part of the dispute.

“With regard to measures undertaken by the FBI, I’ve read in the media but have not been informed of anything official and I can’t express an official position,” Jubeir told reporters.

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For his part, German Foreign Minister Ziegmar Gabriel said, “We will support all actions that contribute to defusing the crisis.”

France, also said on Wednesday that Doha must be transparent and answer its neighbors’ questions.