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Defence Minister Speaks About The Future Of GCC

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Qatar’s Defence Minister, Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, said that the future of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) could be in doubt if the Saudi-led alliance continue their blockade on Qatar.

The minister added that the ongoing crisis is not helping anyone involved in the crisis and it has reached a stalemate.

“The more we wait, the longer [the crisis] is prolonged, I think it will aggravate the relations more and more,” he said.

Khalid bin Mohamed also said that if Gulf countries “stay in the stalemate situation, [the GCC] will be jeopardised”, adding that he believes “the wisdom of [Kuwaiti Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah] will not let it go this far”.

Kuwait’s emir has been trying to mediate between the two parties in a bid to resolve the issue, but only in vain.

While the Saudi led bloc accuses Doha of supporting ‘terrorism’, Qatar has denied and called it ‘baseless’.

However, Khalid bin Mohamed also said he believed there were some signs of movement to resolve the crisis.

“Qatar, since day one, was calling for dialogue and I think today this language is prevailing in the GCC,” he said.

“We all support his highness Sheikh Sabah of Kuwait and we trust his wisdom. I think this is the direction we are seeing this go now.”

The remarks of defence minister comes after the four foreign ministers meeting in Manama. It was announced after the meet that they would enter dialogue only if Doha agrees to certain demands and ‘fights terror’.

“The four countries are ready for dialogue with Qatar with the condition that it announces its sincere willingness to stop funding terrorism and extremism and its commitment to not interfere in other countries’ foreign affairs and respond to the 13 demands,” Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said after the meeting with his counterparts.

The Saudi-led bloc had issued a list of 13 demands to Qatar in June in order to resolve the issue, which was rejected by Qatar and said that the list was made to be rejected.

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