May 27, 2018

Tillerson looks to defuse Qatar crisis on Gulf tour

17 July 2017, 01:56 | Darrell Baldwin

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs

Anwar Gargash

On June 5, several countries, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar, accusing the Gulf state of supporting terrorist organisations.

An extract relating to the Aspire Academy, Qatar's high-performance sports facility opened in Doha in 2004, reads: "At a minimum, the targeting of Aspire-related resources to curry favour with Executive Committee members created the appearance of impropriety". We need to concert efforts between different countries and this should not be in the hands and shoulders of one country only.

Except for a memorandum of understanding signed by Qatar and the USA in Doha on fighting terrorism, no plans were put forward by the U.S. secretary of state to resolve the crisis.

Turkish military base in Qatar, lowering its relations with Iran, shuttering Qatar-sponsored media such as the controversial Al Jazeera television network, and putting Qatar under guardianship.

Hishammuddin, who is also Minister with Special Functions in the Prime Minister's Department, added that the visit was also significant as Malaysia enjoys good ties with Qatar and the four countries that were going through the internal crisis.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed met the French foreign minister in Abu Dhabi on Sunday as the diplomat tours the Gulf seeking a solution to the Qatar crisis.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al Jubeir has said that the Foreign Ministry will provide the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs with a complete file of the negative actions carried out by Qatar over the years, saying a similar file was given to the USA and other allies.

There have been allegations that Qatar has used virtual slave labor to build the stadiums where the games will be played.

"Right now, after Egypt, we're months away from what we think would be an actual resolution and that's very discouraging", RC Hammond told reporters.

The U.S. and Qatar signed an agreement earlier this month to begin efforts to form a counterterrorism plan.

Proof points and key messages on Qatar's funding and support of terrorism and extremism will be brought to the limelight at a seminar in Brussels.

He pointed out that Moscow was concerned over the ongoing crisis around Qatar and called on parties to prevent further escalation. Infantino replied when asked if he believes that Qatar's hosting was in danger."The essential role of FIFA, as I understand it, is to deal with football and not to interfere in geopolitics", he said. Saudi Arabia and its allies believe the United States has mostly sided with Qatar in the current crisis rather than backing them.

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