Separation will continue until Qatar changes its course, says UAE minister.

The diplomatic isolation on Qatar will continue until Doha leaves the “path of destruction and chaos”, according to UAE’s foreign affairs and international cooperation minister.Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan made the remarks at a press conference in Cairo on Wednesday, which also addressed by foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt.

Sheikh Abdullah indicated that despite the four countries’ patience, Qatar had not shown any interest in its brothers or surroundings, according to state news agency WAM.“Doha has no interest in its brethren, nor its surroundings. It is interested in extremism, instigation, subversion, and terrorism.”

He regretted the fact that for the past two decades, Doha took the path of destruction and chaos, adding the four countries will remain separated from Qatar until it changes its course from destruction to construction.“We will make every possible effort to confront terrorism in the region. The region has suffered a lot of chaos and destruction and we have high hopes for a better future for our children. We are sovereign countries and will protect ourselves against terrorism and extremism in line with the international law.”

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said the four countries reiterated the necessity to combat terrorism and to dry up its sources.He stressed that there will be a zero tolerance with the Qatari role in supporting extremism and terrorism.Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir said the measures taken against Doha were due to its support for terrorism, interference in other countries’ affairs and spreading hate.

He said it was no surprise that Qatar was trying to build closer ties with Iran, the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism.On the position of Turkey, Al Jubair said: “Ankara informed us that they are neutral and we hope they stick to that position.”He noted that this issue is of concern to the whole world since it is related to funding of terrorism, reiterating that there will be no leniency with Qatari support for terrorism.

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa said the principles agreed by the four countries are the same that are embraced by the whole world.“Our role is to stand in the face of Daesh terrorism, as well as the terrorism that comes from Iran,” he said.Asked about the possibility of discontinuing Qatar’s membership in the Gulf Cooperation Council, Sheikh Khalid said: “This is for the GCC to discuss. Today’s meeting is about coordinating stances following the negative Qatari reply. We do not want to take hasty decisions because such decisions are important and will impact the current situation.”




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