Saudi Says Qatar Must Implement 'Promises Made' Over Extremist Groups
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, said on Tuesday (June 6) Qatar must take several steps, including ending its support for the Palestinian group Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, to restore ties with other Arab states.
Jubeir said Qatar knew exactly what to do to restore relations with Riyadh and its Arab allies.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain said on Monday (June 5) they would sever all ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
Jubeir said the decision had been taken with "great pain".
“We want to see Qatar implement the promises it made a few years back with regard to its support for extremist groups, with regards to its hostile media, with regards to its interference in the affairs of other countries,” Jubeir noted.
Jubeir added that Qatar was undermining the Palestinian Authority and Egypt in its support of Hamas and the Muslim brotherhood.
The campaign to isolate Qatar is disrupting trade in commodities from crude oil to metals and food, and deepening fears of a possible shock to the global gas market, where the Gulf state is a major player.
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister also dismissed Qatar's recent rapprochement with Shia Iran - Sunni Saudi Arabia's arch foe in the region.
“We made it clear to everybody that Iran is a force for instability, Iran is a force for chaos, Iran is a force for death and destruction, that Iran's policies have fueled sectarianism in the Middle East, that Iran's desire to restore what they call the Persian empire means dominating countries in the Middle East and expanding in the Middle East and that those policies are not acceptable, that Iran's support for terrorism cannot stand," Jubeir said. "That is why Iran is designated as the number one sponsor of terrorism in the world.”