No end in sight to Qatar row: Bahrain

No end in sight to Qatar row: Bahrain

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed travel and trade ties with Qatar last June.



By Reuters

Published: Sun 27 May 2018, 11:22 PM

Last updated: Mon 28 May 2018, 1:24 AM

Bahrain sees no resolution in sight to a diplomatic row between Qatar and its neighbours, which cut diplomatic and trade ties with the Gulf Arab state nearly a year ago.

"The information in our hands today does not indicate any glimmer of hope for a solution now, as the matter does not happen suddenly," Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa told Alsharq Alawsat on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed travel and trade ties with Qatar last June, alleging it was backing Iran and supporting terrorism.

Sheikh Khalid said Qatar was prolonging the crisis by taking its case to Western allies, instead of dealing with it inside the Gulf Arab bloc. "We were expecting from the beginning of the crisis with Qatar that the Amir of Qatar would go to Saudi (Arabia) but this did not happen," he said. - Reuters


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