Qatar must “change their policies” and stop supporting “extremist groups”, Saudi foreign minister

PARIS: Qatar must “change their policies” and stop supporting “extremist groups”, the Saudi foreign minister said Tuesday in Paris, a day after his nation and its allies cut off ties with the Gulf state.

“They have to change their policies” and “stop supporting extremist groups,” Adel Al-Jubeir told reporters, adding that Qatar needed “to act like a normal country.”

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting extremism.

The minister did not specify what he wanted from Qatar, saying that “a number of steps can be taken, they know it”.

When asked about possible diplomatic efforts to end the crisis, he said, “I don´t believe there is a mediation. This is an internal GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) issue.”

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