Saudi Arabia says it seeks a strategy to finish dispute with Qatar


The Gulf rift dates from 2017 when the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a blockade on Qatar.

Saudi Arabia’s international minister says Riyadh is searching for a strategy to resolve the three-year rift with its Gulf neighbour Qatar.

Commenting on the dispute on Saturday, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud stated Saudi Arabia is constant to discover a strategy to finish the blockade on Qatar, however he added it stays conditional on addressing safety considerations.

The dispute dates from 2017 when Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and non-GCC member Egypt imposed a boycott on Qatar, severing diplomatic and transport ties, and accusing it of supporting “terrorism”. Qatar denies all allegations in opposition to it.

Final month, Prince Faisal stated Saudi Arabia was dedicated to discovering a decision.

“We proceed to be prepared to interact with our Qatari brothers and we hope that they’re as dedicated to that engagement,” he stated. “However we do want to handle the legit safety considerations of the quartet and I feel there’s a path towards that” with an answer “within the comparatively close to future”.

Qatar’s International Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani stated final week there aren’t any winners within the Gulf disaster, including his nation is hopeful it would finish “at any second”.

However Yousef al-Otaiba, the UAE’s ambassador to the US, instructed Israeli media he didn’t consider a decision was imminent.

“I don’t suppose it will get resolved anytime quickly just because I don’t suppose there was any introspection,” al-Otaiba stated.


Prince Faisal – talking in a digital interview on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders Summit, which his nation is internet hosting – additionally stated the dominion loved “good, amicable” relations with Turkey, which has been at odds with the dominion for years over international coverage.

The homicide of Washington Submit journalist Jamal Khashoggi within the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018 sharply heightened tensions.

For over a yr, some Saudi and Turkish merchants have speculated that Saudi Arabia was imposing a casual boycott of imports from Turkey.

Prince Faisal stated he has not seen any numbers that may help the existence of a boycott.

The Saudi minister stated he was assured that the incoming administration of Democrat President-elect Joe Biden would pursue insurance policies that assist regional stability, and that any discussions with it will result in robust cooperation.

Riyadh is bracing itself for a brand new US president who pledged on the election marketing campaign path to reassess ties with Saudi Arabia, a state he described as a “pariah” in 2019.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman loved shut private ties with US President Donald Trump and their relationship supplied a buffer in opposition to worldwide criticism over Riyadh’s human rights file following Khashoggi’s killing, Riyadh’s position in Yemen’s battle, and the detention of girls’s rights activists.

These areas might now develop into factors of friction between Biden and Saudi Arabia, a serious oil exporter and purchaser of US arms.

Prince Faisal emphasised the 75-year historical past of “robust defence cooperation” between the 2 international locations and stated he anticipated it to proceed.