FM says Trump keen on dialogue to end Gulf crisis
September 25 2017 03:06 PM
Qatar FM
HE the Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani


HE the Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said on Monday that US President Donald Trump was keen on ending a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf region via dialogue between the various parties.
Sheikh Mohamed told reporters in Paris that he had seen from President Trump a "greater desire" to fix the crisis and that Trump "doesn't want to see conflict among friends."
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut political and trade ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism and their arch-foe Iran - charges which Doha denies. 
The foreign minister also said that the blockade on Qatar is having the effect of pushing Qatar closer to Iran economically.
"They said Qatar was now closer to Iran. By their measures they are pushing Qatar to Iran. They are giving Iran, or any regional force, Qatar like a gift," he said.
"Is that their objective, to push one country, a GCC member state towards Iran? This is not a wise objective," he added.
Sheikh Mohammed also stressed that Qatar still had political differences with Iran, including over Syria. 

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