Bahrain Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa speaks during the press briefing of the Third GCC-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Manama. (Source: Reuters/Hamad I Mohammed) Bahrain Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa speaks during the press briefing of the Third GCC-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Manama. (Source: Reuters/Hamad I Mohammed)

Bahraini FM: still no common ground with Qatar

Sat, Sep. 23, 2017
CAIRO - 23 September 2017: Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa stressed in an interview on Sky News TV channel Thursday that the Arab quartet hasn’t change its stance towards Qatar.

"We have not reached a common ground with Qatar to resolve the crisis," he said during the interview.

Ahmed al-Khalifa pointed out that the Qatari Emir’s speech in the United Nations General Assembly “did not come up with anything new, and therefore it does not serve the solution,” stressing that “all indicators do not suggest that there is a desire from Doha to resolve the crisis.”

The Bahraini foreign minister described the U.S. position as "clear”, noting that they want to reach a solution in order to ensure the stability of the Gulf region and the Arab region in general.

On June 5, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain have turned on Qatar, shutting down of all ports of entry over accusations of the country’s support and sponsorship of terrorism – allegations Doha denies.

Since then, Qatar has resisted reconciliation attempts and has not shown any efforts in disassociating itself from terrorist groups that were proven to be harbored and financially supported by Doha.

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