GCC adjourns settlement of Qatar dispute
Doha said it needed more time to implement ‘Riyadh Agreement’
The settlement of the dispute between Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and fellow member-state Qatar has been delayed following Doha’s failure to accede to the committee responsible for the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement, Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported Sunday.
Following the 132nd GCC ministerial council in Jeddah on Saturday, GCC sources revealed to the Arabic daily that the Saudi, Emirati and Bahraini ambassadors will not return to their posts in Doha in the meantime.
Meanwhile, Doha said it needed “more time,” in response to the committee’s demands for “stronger efforts,” to meet the Riyadh Agreement, which the source said barred the ability to reach a permanent settlement of the dispute.
In an important development, as stated by Kuwaiti diplomatic sources, the meeting opened channels of direct talks that would “very soon” put an end to the “disagreements” between GCC states and Qatar.
Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid al-Hamad Al-Sabah said “we have agreed to implement standards to bypass anomalies” in GCC relations and stressed the importance of implementing “agreements” to reach a settlement; however, he did not specify a time frame.
However, Sheikh al-Sabah did state that the ambassadors could return to their posts at “any given time,” according to the Asharq al-Awsat.