Jul 11, 2020 15:12 UTC
  • UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash (File photo)
    UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash (File photo)

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reportedly urged Saudi Arabia to stop supporting a US proposal aimed at resolving a three-year political tension among Persian Gulf countries.

On Friday, Fox News television news network said the Trump administration pushed a number of countries in the region at the beginning of this year to resolve their dispute with Qatar in order to form a unified front against Iran and bolster Washington’s aggressive stance against Tehran.

Citing president of IRIS Independent Research Rebecca Grant, it reported that US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were seeking to end the Qatar crisis.

An agreement to end the feud was apparently at hand in the past week following high-level discussions among senior officials Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE and the US.

Saudi Arabia initially indicated a willingness to accept elements of the US-led initiative, but the UAE shifted course and asked the Riyadh regime to withhold support for the proposal at the last moment.

Fox News highlighted that the delay has denied the Trump administration a diplomatic victory in the West Asia region - and one of the few within reach ahead of the US presidential election in November, and hindered efforts to press ahead with maximum pressure campaign on Iran.

The UAE, meanwhile, sought to shift the blame over the collapse of reconciliation talks to end the diplomatic spat and blockade against Qatar to its main regional ally, Saudi Arabia.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, claimed in a post published on his official Twitter page that Abu Dhabi’s stance towards the crisis is crystal clear.

“Our position on the Qatar crisis is transparent and crystal clear. We are part of a quad group that has a united stance. We were forced to take deterrent measures to protect the four countries and safeguard their security.”

“In this context, we have absolute confidence in the wisdom and firmness of the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in managing this crisis in the common interest,” Gargash wrote, extending his country’s complete support to Saudi Arabia on the issue.

Back in February, Reuters news agency reported that talks between Saudi Arabia and Qatar to resolve a bitter dispute between the two Persian Gulf Cooperation Council member states collapsed shortly after kicking off in October last year.

According to sources and diplomats familiar with the talks, Qatar’s priority from the talks was to restore freedom of movement for its citizens, reopen the airspace of boycotting countries and Qatar’s only land border with Saudi Arabia.

However, Riyadh wanted Qatar to first demonstrate a fundamental change in behavior, especially its foreign policy.

On June 10, Qatar’s Ambassador to Turkey Salem bin Mubarak Al Shafi said Doha welcomes any genuine initiative that would end the economic and diplomatic blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia and a number of its allies on the gas-rich Persian Gulf kingdom in June 2017.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on June 5, 2017, after the quartet officially accused Doha of meddling in regional affairs and supporting terrorism.

Qatar's Foreign Ministry condemned the decision to cut diplomatic ties as unjustified and based on false claims and assumptions.

MG

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