Middle East

Saudi-Qatar crisis unlikely to be solved: official

File photo of Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal. (REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed)

BEIRUT: The political crisis between Saudi Arabia and Qatar is unlikely to be contained unless Doha changes its policy, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said in remarks published Tuesday.

Faisal told pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper that the crisis is unlikely to be solved “as long as Doha does not alter its policy.”

He also ruled out any foreign intervention to end the crisis with the Gulf country.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar earlier this month in an unprecedented split between the Gulf Arab allies who have fallen out over political violence shaking the Middle East.

The three GCC states are angry at Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist movement whose ideology challenges the principle of conservative dynastic rule long dominant in the Gulf.

Faisal, however, said that “if Qatar, which caused the crisis, revises its policy, there will be a breakthrough.”





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