Saudi FM Jubeir: A political decision is the solution to the Qatar crisis

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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, in an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya carried out by Rima Maktabi in London on Friday, discussed a potential solution to the Qatar diplomatic crisis.

According to the Saudi FM, the answer would be in a political decision taken by Qatar to refrain from supporting and financing terrorism, interfering in the affairs of other countries and waging incitement campaigns.


Jubeir said that this decision, if taken by Doha, would be in its best interest and that of all the countries in the region who are suffering from terrorism and extremism.

He hinted that Doha did not abide by the policies that it had already committed to in 2014.

The Saudi FM also pointed out that the countries that are boycotting Qatar are preparing a draft list of requirements from Doha, in order to clear things up.

Jubeir stressed the need to keep on updating the terrorists’ list to include persons and organizations supported by Qatar, noting that some of them are on the list of the United Nations and others are on the US list.

He revealed that world countries understand the concerns of our region regarding Qatar’s support and financing of terrorism.

Concerning the British stance on the Qatari crisis, the Saudi foreign minister denied that London is currently supporting Doha, pointing out that Britain suffers from terrorism and has already expressed its concern and frustration from Doha’s activities, several times.

He highlighted the historical bonds linking Britain to the countries of the region, especially Saudi Arabia.
Regarding his meeting with his British counterpart Boris Johnson on Friday, Jubeir said that the meeting was constructive, given the strategic ties that bind the 2 countries.

He stated that the talks with Johnson focused on the Qatari crisis, the situation in Yemen, Libya, Syria, Iraq and the Middle East peace negotiations.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt had cut off their diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5 because the latter was accused of supporting extremists, terrorist organizations and Iran. The four countries recorded Qatari persons and entities on the issued terror list.

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