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UAE: 'Right now the ball is in Qatar’s court' - State Minister Al Kaabi04:46

UAE: 'Right now the ball is in Qatar’s court' - State Minister Al Kaabi

United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi
June 9, 2017 at 20:49 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Arab countries that cut off their relations with Qatar put "regional security above the interests of the Qatar government," said Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Federal National Council Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, from Abu Dhabi, Friday.

Kaabi said the Arab nations had "different political lines," adding, "however, there must be a policy that meets the interests of not only one state, but also the security of the entire region. We call for putting security in the region above the interests of the Qatar government."

She continued, "The red line crossed by the authorities of Qatar is obvious. This is support for terrorism, support for terrorist groups and the deployment of radical groups in Qatar."

The UAE State Minister said there were two scenarios: settlement of the crisis through a process of negotiation or isolation of Qatar. "Right now the ball is in Qatar’s court," she stated.

Qatar faces diplomatic isolation from some of the largest countries in the Middle East. Egypt, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Bahrain simultaneously broke off diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5, making accusations of Qatar's support for terrorist organisations. On Monday morning, the Arab nations closed both their air and land borders with Qatar, prompting Qatar to call back its diplomats abroad.

UAE: 'Right now the ball is in Qatar’s court' - State Minister Al Kaabi04:46
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The Arab countries that cut off their relations with Qatar put "regional security above the interests of the Qatar government," said Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Federal National Council Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, from Abu Dhabi, Friday.

Kaabi said the Arab nations had "different political lines," adding, "however, there must be a policy that meets the interests of not only one state, but also the security of the entire region. We call for putting security in the region above the interests of the Qatar government."

She continued, "The red line crossed by the authorities of Qatar is obvious. This is support for terrorism, support for terrorist groups and the deployment of radical groups in Qatar."

The UAE State Minister said there were two scenarios: settlement of the crisis through a process of negotiation or isolation of Qatar. "Right now the ball is in Qatar’s court," she stated.

Qatar faces diplomatic isolation from some of the largest countries in the Middle East. Egypt, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Bahrain simultaneously broke off diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5, making accusations of Qatar's support for terrorist organisations. On Monday morning, the Arab nations closed both their air and land borders with Qatar, prompting Qatar to call back its diplomats abroad.

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