Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan says a path to ending the Qatari rift may be in ‘relatively near future’.
The signaled towards resolving the three-year-old rift with Gulf neighbor Qatar came out following a meeting in US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington.
In June of 2017, Saudi Arabia along with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and trade ties with Doha and imposed a sea, land and air blockade.
“We are committed to finding a solution with our Qatari brothers,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan said in a virtual discussion hosted by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a think-tank.
Several past attempts to end the dispute have failed, as Qatar has rejected the blockading nations’ demands that include shutting down Al Jazeera Media Network, cutting ties with Islamist groups, limiting ties with Iran and expelling Turkish troops stationed in the country.
Earlier, Kuwait had also mediated to end the rifts that existed between Qatar and its quartet of Gulf Arab neighbors. Meanwhile, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has reiterated that “his country is ready for dialogue to resolve the diplomatic crisis but must respect his country’s sovereignty.”
As per the press release, both the leaders discussed the importance of the bilateral relationship in maintaining regional stability through extensive security, economic, and people-to-people partnerships.