Reuters Faisal Nasser
The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, confirmed that the Gulf reconciliation ended the dispute with Qatar, but indicated the need to take steps to build confidence in the next stage.
In an article with Sky News Arabia published this evening, Sunday, Gargash said, referring to the results of the Gulf summit in Saudi Arabia: “We have finished the dispute. The UAE, through the Al-Ula announcement and through confidence in Saudi Arabia’s leadership of this file, ended this dispute.”
He continued, “I believe that there is a need to address the emotions and minds of people. There is no doubt that the peoples of the Gulf want this reconciliation and turn the page of disagreement, but minds also in an extended disagreement like this (need) confidence-building steps in the next stage.”
Gargash indicated that there are other issues that are “more intractable during the coming stage,” adding: “These must be dealt with maturely, transparently and mentally.”
He added, “It is very important that we address the peoples, and tell them that we are on the verge of a new stage, and have closed the page of the disagreement. (There is) a new white page through which we are trying to strengthen Gulf action, and we must tell them (the peoples) that some issues require some time.”
Since July 5, 2017, the Gulf region has witnessed severe internal tension against the background of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severing their relations with Qatar, and stopping the maritime, land and air traffic with the emirate, which the 4 countries accused of “supporting terrorism” and turning away from the Arab region towards Iran and Turkey. It led to a political crisis between the aforementioned countries, in addition to a massive media war.
In a major breakthrough to settle this crisis, the Gulf Cooperation Council states and Egypt adopted, at the summit hosted by the Saudi city of Al-Ula on January 5th, a statement affirming the “unity of the Gulf ranks” and laying down basic principles for resolving tension.
Source: “Sky News” + agencies