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Arab Quartet Urges Qatar Stop Backing Terror

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DOHA, June 6, 2017 (Xinhua) -- People walk past the Qatar Airways headquarters in Doha, capital of Qatar, on June 6, 2017. Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen joined Saudi Arabia and Egypt in severing relations with gas-rich Qatar, with Riyadh accusing Doha of supporting groups, including some backed by Iran. (Xinhua/Nikku/IANS) by .
People walk past the Qatar Airways headquarters in Doha, Qatar (Xinhua/Nikku/IANS)

The Arab quartet comprised of┬áSaudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt expressed their willingness to resume talks with Qatar if they stop backing terror and comply with the demands presented by Arab quartet before Qatar….reports Asian Lite News

DOHA, June 6, 2017 (Xinhua) -- People walk past the Qatar Airways headquarters in Doha, capital of Qatar, on June 6, 2017. Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen joined Saudi Arabia and Egypt in severing relations with gas-rich Qatar, with Riyadh accusing Doha of supporting groups, including some backed by Iran. (Xinhua/Nikku/IANS) by .
People walk past the Qatar Airways headquarters in Doha, Qatar (Xinhua/Nikku/IANS)

The Arab quartet expressed its willingness to engage in a dialogue with Qatar to resolve the current crisis, if Doha stops backing terror.

The foreign ministers of the Arab quartet, comprising Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, held a meeting in the Bahraini capital Manama after they cut ties with Qatar on June 5 and accused the Gulf emirate of supporting terror.

At a press conference in Manama, Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said the four countries announced their willingness to enter into a dialogue with Qatar, if the latter declared its sincere desire to stop supporting and financing “terrorism and extremism” and the spreading of hate speech, Efe reported.

He also called on Qatar to comply with the 13 demands of the quartet and pledge not to interfere in the affairs of the four Arab countries.

Al Khalifa insisted that this call for dialogue did not mean that the quartet has renounced any demands presented to Qatar.

The Arab quartet demanded that Doha should meet the 13-demand list, which includes the closure of Al Jazeera TV network and a Turkish military base on Qatari soil and distance itself from Iran, historic enemy of Saudi Arabia.

CAIRO, July 5, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (2nd R) meets with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir (1st L), United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed (2nd L) and Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa (1st R) in Cairo, Egypt, on July 5, 2017. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Wednesday that Qatar's response to the demands of Egypt and Gulf countries was "very negative." (Xinhua/STR/IANS) by .
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (2nd R) meets with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir (1st L), United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed (2nd L) and Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa (1st R) in Cairo, Egypt, (Xinhua/STR/IANS)

The four countries on Sunday accused Doha of putting “obstacles” in the path of Qataris who desire to travel to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage, which will be performed at the end of August.

In this regard, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that all pilgrims are welcome, including Qataris, and that the Saudis continue to facilitate the pilgrims’ journey.

Al-Jubeir warned that if there is a rapprochement between Qatar and Iran, this will only cause further troubles for Qatar and its government.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that if an agreement is finally reached between the quartet and Qatar, a “mechanism” will be established to follow the development of the implementation.

This meeting was held after the Arab quartet convened in Cairo on July 5 and agreed that they would meet again in Bahrain.

On Tuesday, the Arab quartet presented a new list with nine entities and nine individuals allegedly backed by Qatar to carry out “terrorist activities.”