Qatar crisis is a “non-issue, a small issue”: Saudi Minister

Dubai: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir said that the Qatar crisis was a “non-issue, a small issue” and that there were “other matters to focus on.”

In remarks at Chatham House, Al Jubeir said that Qatar needed to change its attitudes for the sake of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the regional alliance that comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates established in 1981.

“If we can change Qatari behavior we will be stronger in the GCC and we can confront Iran and terrorism,” he said at the meeting on Tuesday.

Asked if there were red lines, the Saudi minister said that “it all lies with Qatar.”

“We are saying no to funding terrorism,” he said, stressing that it was “unacceptable that media platforms condone bombings.”

He added that “Qatar must first acknowledge it has a problem in order for them to solve it.”

On June 5, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt severed their diplomatic and trade relations with Qatar, accusing it of supporting extremists and of funding terrorism. The Quartet issued a list for 13 demands for Qatar to meet before the two sides could iron out their differences. Doha rejected the demands.

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