UAE seeking ‘change of policy, not regime’ in Qatar: Minister

The Arab states accuse Qatar of supporting extremism, a charge Doha firmly denies. Qatar has forged regional alliances independently of its fellow Gulf Cooperation Council states, drawing accusation by Saudi Arabia and its allies of serving Iranian interests.

By: AFP | Dubai | Published:June 7, 2017 9:14 pm
qatar, qatar ties, uae, saudi arabia, egypt Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain are among seven states that have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar (Source: Google Maps)

Measures taken by the United Arab Emirates and other nations against Qatar are aimed at pressuring Doha into changing its policies, not at overthrowing its regime, a senior UAE official said on Wednesday. “We have now reached a cul-de-sac in terms of trying to convince Qatar to change course,” UAE state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said in an interview, accusing Qatar of being “the main champion of extremism and terrorism in the region”. “This is not about regime change — this is about change of policy, change of approach,” Gargash said.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain are among seven states that have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, a gas-rich emirate at the Saudi border. The Arab states accuse Qatar of supporting extremism, a charge Doha firmly denies. Gargash said the crisis was the result of “an accumulation over many, many years of subversive Qatari politics and support for extremism and terrorist organisations”.

Qatar has forged regional alliances independently of its fellow Gulf Cooperation Council states, drawing accusation by Saudi Arabia and its allies of serving Iranian interests. The country is home to a number of high-profile figures of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, both listed as terrorist organisations by the United States.

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    kushal kumar
    Jun 8, 2017 at 9:22 am
    This Vedic astrology writer's article - " Is much talked about WW3 round the corner in 2017 ?" - submitted on 16 May 2017 , is scheduled for publication by 21 June in quarterly print Newsletter from Florida. One of features of predictions for June to August-September 2017 , more so during 19 August to 4 September , in vulnerable countries across the globe , reads as :- "Unions and ociations of nations may develop some serious issues having potential to cause fissures, which could give rise to good cause for some member or members to leave or become not supportive to the aspirations of such union or ociation". The news that in the first week of June 2017 , voices suggesting fissures and cracks within unions or ociations or allies have been heard. Some Arab nations have cut ties with Qatar. EU also does not appear to be as united as before. So alert of this writer looks to be meaningful.
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