UK WELCOMES QATAR’S CALL FOR GULF CRISIS TALKS

Britain’s government has praised willingness of the Qatari Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, for dialogue, to resolve the ongoing diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.

“I welcome the Emir of Qatar’s commitment, to combat terrorism in all its manifestations, including terrorist financing,” Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, said in a statement.

The Emir also pledged to resolve the remaining differences with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, through dialogue, negotiation, and Kuwaiti mediation. These steps will help to resolve the dispute, Johnson added.

The Emir said, in a televised address on Friday, that Qatar is ready for dialogue, to resolve the diplomatic row with the Saudi-led group, but stressed that, any solution to the crisis must respect its sovereignty.

Johnson said, Britain hopes that “in turn Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain respond by taking steps towards lifting the embargo,” and that “this will allow substantive discussions on remaining differences to begin.

“The UK will continue to engage our partners in the region, to help them reach a solution, including assisting Kuwait’s important efforts, in whatever way we can,” Johnson added.

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, had previously urged the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates, to take steps to reduce tensions in the region

Source: NAM News Network