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The Qatari Foreign Minister, Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani, said that the Gulf reconciliation emanating from the signing of the “Al-Ula Declaration” would not affect Doha’s relationship with Tehran and Ankara.
In his interview with the Financial Times newspaper, the Qatari foreign minister affirmed that his country agreed to cooperate in combating terrorism and “transnational security” and to suspend the legal issues related to the boycott, but indicated that the agreement “will not affect Qatar’s relationship with Iran and Turkey.”
He pointed out that Doha’s bilateral relations with other countries “result from sovereign decisions and the national interest.”
The foreign minister also stressed that the Qatari “Al-Jazeera” channel “will not undergo any changes.”
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt had set 13 conditions for Doha to end the boycott, including closing the Al-Jazeera channel, closing a Turkish military base, severing ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, and reducing the level of relations with Iran.
The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash also indicated that the main problem with regard to Turkey and Iran is interference in Arab sovereignty and interests, adding that mending the Gulf rift will promote more “collective agreement on geostrategic issues” despite the differences in approach.
Source: “The Financial Times”