Monday, 20 November, 2017

France urges Saudi-led bloc to lift sanctions on Qatari citizens

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"France calls for the lifting, as soon as possible, of the measures that affect the populations in particular, bi-national families that have been separated or students", the minister said.

Gargash, who regularly comments on the Qatar crisis to his 437,000 followers on Twitter, said the Arab bloc, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain, and Qatar were "heading into the long estrangement", Xinhua news agency reported. The demands included shutting down the Doha-based Al Jazeera broadcaster, scaling back cooperation with Iran, closing the Turkish military base in Qatar, and paying an unspecified sum in reparations. In return, the four countries vowed to impose further sanctions on Doha. The Qatari government has denied the accusations, blasting the blockade as "unjustified" and a violation of global law.

"A solution could come in the medium term", he said in a press conference, speaking alongside his Qatari counterpart, Mohamed Bin Abdul-Rahman Al Thani who is on an official visit to Turkey.

Qatar, a country with a negligible soccer background or infrastructure, was a controversial victor of the right to host the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in November and December to minimise the impact of the desert state's harsh climate.

Qatar's foreign minister says it would be unfair to describe U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's shuttle diplomacy to find a solution for the Persian Gulf as a failure, insisting that the crisis "cannot be solved in a day". The French foreign minister is to travel to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE.

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