Qatar 'refusing to end GCC rift'

The Gulf state has refused to sign a final agreement that would end a diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia, the UAE & Bahrain, a senior Gulf diplomat has claimed
Qatar 'refusing to end GCC rift'
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By Courtney Trenwith
Thu 21 Aug 2014 12:06 PM

Qatar is refusing to agree to a series of conditions that would help end a rift between Gulf states, a senior Gulf diplomat has told Asharq Al Awsat, an Arabic-language newspaper in London.

The official said Qatar has refused to sign a final report compiled by the GCC committee monitoring the implementation of the Riyadh agreement on ending the diplomatic dispute, which includes banning GCC states from supporting terror-related activities, interfering with the domestic affairs of other GCC states, or adopting foreign policies harmful to the interests of the other state members.

The agreement has been written after the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors to Doha on March 5 in protest over what they claim is Qatar’s meddling in their affairs, as well as its support of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Saudi Arabia and the UAE have declared a terrorist organisation.

The agreement also included a ban on the Qatari government granting citizenship to Bahraini nationals, following reports some Bahraini families were being offered “privileges” to switch nations.

The report was compiled by a technical committee consisting of representatives from the six GCC member states, and is expected to be discussed by the GCC ministerial council on August 30 in Jeddah, Asharq Al Awsat said.

Doha has claimed it has “done all that is required of it”, but GCC foreign ministers insist it has been all words, the official claimed.

He said the GCC was not yet considering sanctions on Qatar, the world’s richest country.

“No such sanctions have been discussed so far,” he was quoted as saying.

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