TEHRAN (defapress) – Saudi Arabia on Saturday suspended any dialogue with Qatar, accusing it of “distorting facts”, just after a report of a phone call between the leaders of both countries suggested a breakthrough in the Persian Gulf dispute.
News ID: 65876
Publish Date: 09September 2017 - 13:22
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke by the
telephone with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Friday when they
discussed the Persian Gulf dispute, state media from both countries reported
earlier, according to Reuters.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and
trade links with Qatar on June 5, suspending air and shipping routes with the
world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas.
The nations say Doha supports "terrorists”, a charge Qatar’s
leaders deny. Kuwait has been trying to mediate the dispute.
"During the call, the Emir of Qatar expressed his desire to
sit at the dialogue table and discuss the demands of the four countries to
ensure the interests of all,” Saudi state news agency SPA reported.
"The details will be announced later after the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia concludes an understanding with the United Arab Emirates, the
Kingdom of Bahrain and the Arab Republic of Egypt,” the report said.
The phone call was the first publicly reported contact
between the two leaders since the start of the crisis.
Qatar’s state news agency QNA said the phone call was based
on coordination of US President Donald Trump who had earlier talked with Sheikh
Trump on Thursday said he would be willing to step in and
mediate the worst dispute in decades among the US-allied Arab states and Qatar,
and said he thinks a deal could come quickly.
Both Qatar’s Emir and the Saudi Crown Prince "stressed the
need to resolve the crisis by sitting down to the dialogue table to ensure the
unity and stability of the GCC countries,” QNA reported.
Sheikh Tamim welcomed the proposal of Prince Mohammed during
the call "to assign two envoys to resolve controversial issues in a way that
does not affect the sovereignty of the states”.
Saudi Arabia later issued a second statement citing an
unnamed official at the ministry of the foreign affairs denying the QNA report.
"What was published on the Qatar News Agency is a
continuation of the distortion of the Qatari authority of the facts,” SPA
reported citing the Saudi official.
"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announces the suspension of any
dialogue or communication with the authority in Qatar until a clear statement
is issued clarifying its position in public.”