UAE Minister: I had hoped Qatar’s emir speech included initiative for revision

The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash stressed that any discussion to end the crisis in Qatar will be based on stopping Doha’s support for extremist militants. (AFP)

The United Arab Emirates’ Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, said he had hoped the emir of Qatar’s speech would have included a call to communicate and an initiative for revision.

“I hoped that Sheikh Tamim’s speech would have been an initiative to review and call for dialogue. The positions are known and their recurrence deepens the crisis. Dialogue is necessary and wanted, but its review is necessary,” Gargash tweeted in Arabic on Saturday.

Qatar’s Emir Tamim, in his first address on Friday since the crisis began last month acknowledged that “there are differences with the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council on our foreign policies”.

The Anti-Terror Quartet of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt decided to impose a diplomatic and economic boycott of Qatar last month for the latter’s history of supporting terrorism and extremist groups in the region.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49