The State Minister for Foreign Affairs of embattled Qatar has hailed Algeria’s “honourable” stance of calling for dialogue to resolve the crisis between Arab and some neighbouring Arab countries.

“The position of Algeria is honourable, for it was the first country to issue a statement urging for dialogue, which is what we have been seeking with many respectable countries in the region,” the APS news agency on Thursday quoted Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi as saying after he held talks with Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel here.

“As a big country in the Arab region, Algeria can play a role in Arab-Arab relations, thanks to its weight in the region,” he added.

The minister noted that his talks with Messahel focused on bilateral relations between the two countries, and the ongoing crisis in the Gulf region.

In the wake of the announcement by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen to cut relations with Qatar, Algeria issued a statement urging the countries concerned to pursue dialogue as the only way to resolve the dispute, warning that the crisis would affect the unity and integrity of the Arab world.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen severed relations with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism. Qatar, for its part, said such steps were “unjustified”.

Source: Nam News Network