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Gulf crisis continues as false media reports surface

14 September 2017
Gulf crisis continues as false media reports surface

"Unfortunately, Qatar has given its first hope to end its crisis with the four countries, that have boycotted it since 5th June 2017, after the telephone call between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defence, and the Emir of Qatar, who made the call, whereby Qatar evaded and distorted the reality of the contents of the telephone call that took place".

Initially it was reported that Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has expressed his willingness to enter into negotiations with the quartet.

Qatar plans more USA investments as it seeks to further diversify its assets as a diplomatic standoff with its Gulf neighbors enters its third month.

"The four countries will continue to adhere to these demands until Qatar responds to these demands", he said.

Addressing the meeting, al-Muraikhi underlined the importance of the joint meeting between the Arab foreign ministers and Japan's foreign minister, adding that it reflected the keenness and desire of the Arab countries and Japan to deepen their political relations and advance their distinguished relations to wider horizons of cooperation, through further understanding.

Referring to the thousands of camels left stranded on the border between Qatar and Saudi Arabia after borders were closed, al-Muraikhi said: "Even the animals were not spared, you sent them out savagely".

During the meeting, the representatives of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain accused Qatar of financing terror groups and interfering in other countries' domestic affairs.

Doha has been receiving fresh food supplies from Iran, which has also allowed Qatar's national carrier to use its airspace.

"Congratulations to Iran and soon, God willing, you will regret it", he said.

Since the start of the crisis, Qatar and Turkey have come closer together, as the latter opened a new land trade route via Iran to Qatar and transported goods, including food products, to the boycotted country. Riyadh's allies said Qatar was offering a duplicitous stance on the issue by saying it was ready for dialogue while at the same time "denying the fact that they support terrorism and extremism and finance the publication of the discourse of hatred and sedition".

The Saudi regime is facing criticism over its policies in the region, including imposing war on Yemen, protecting Al-Khalifa regime in Bahrain and discretely supporting IS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Ankara, which has a military in Qatar, has signaled support for Doha in the diplomatic spat.