Military action against Qatar will not be considered: 4 Arab nations

Military action against Qatar will not be considered: 4 Arab nations

Abu Dhabi - The four countries said "any dialogue on meeting their demands should not be preceded by any prior conditions."



By Wam/AP

Published: Fri 8 Sep 2017, 6:31 AM

Last updated: Sat 9 Sep 2017, 8:59 AM

The four Arab countries say they "regrets" several comments by the His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, signaling the diplomatic crisis is far from over.

In a statement issued early Friday, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates say "any dialogue on meeting their demands should not be preceded by any prior conditions."

That's in regards to Kuwait Amir saying Qatar had rejected some of the 13 demands earlier placed upon it by the boycotting nations, but was willing to negotiate.

The boycotting countries say a military intervention "has not been and will not be considered" to end the crisis. 
Here is the statement on Qatar's crisis:

"The United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain and Arab Republic of Egypt appreciate the mediation efforts made by His Highness Amir of Kuwait and his good offices to bring the Qatari authorities to the right path. In the meantime and with regards to the Amir of Kuwait's statements that Qatar is willing to recognise the 13 demands and negotiate about them, the four countries make it clear that any dialogue on meeting their demands should not be preceded by any prior conditions, and that the four countries regret what was said by the Amir of Kuwait on the success of the mediation efforts in stopping a military intervention, reiterating that the military option has not been and will not be considered in any case, and that the crisis with Qatar is not only a Gulf dispute but rather a crisis with many of the Arab and Islamic nations, which announced their position on Qatar's meddling in their affairs and its support for terrorism; furthermore there are many other countries in the world that are not able to declare their positions due to Qatar's interference in their internal affairs, which made them fear the consequences, especially in light of the Qatari precedents in supporting coups, embracing and financing terrorism and extremist ideologies and promoting hate speech. The statements made by the Qatari Foreign Minister hot on the heels of those made by His Highness Amir of Kuwait confirm Qatar's rejection of dialogue unless the boycott measure taken by the four countries to protect their sovereignty and interests in a legal way have been lifted. Putting such prior conditions affirms Qatar's lack of seriousness about dialogue, countering terrorism and stopping meddling in the affairs of other countries. The four countries commend the stance of US President Donald Trump and his firm assertions that the only way to solve the crisis is to stop funding terrorism and that he is not willing to resolve it unless this has been achieved."


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