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Qatar ban could last for years: UAE minister

Qatar ban could last for years: UAE minister

The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs has said the ban on Qatar could last “for years” if it does not change course in its policy of supporting extremists and terror groups.

His Excellency Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash was speaking to a group of reporters in Paris on Monday.

He said a list of grievances Arab nations had with Qatar will be completed in the next few days, and that Doha needed to move beyond its state of “denial”.

The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar on the June 5.

The country is accused of fomenting instability in the Middle East and funding terrorism.

Dr Gargash said Kuwaiti mediation will be very useful, but Qatar will soon realise that this is a new state of affairs and isolation can last years.

He said the priority concern was in dealing with Doha’s links to Al Qaeda-linked and other terror groups across the region.

The minister also urged Turkey, which has been supportive of Qatar, to remain balanced in the crisis and understand that it was in its interest to support Arab efforts.