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UAE diplomat says Qatar's standoff with Arab states could prolonge

AP
Published : Jul 15, 2017, 3:37 pm IST
Updated : Jul 15, 2017, 4:09 pm IST

The Arab quartet accuse Qatar of disrupting regional security by supporting Islamist opposition groups and extremists.

UAE's Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash. (Photo: AP)
 UAE's Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash. (Photo: AP)

Dubai: A top Emirati diplomat has cautioned that a diplomatic standoff between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors could be prolonged.

The United Arab Emirates' Minister of State for Foreign Relations Anwar al-Gargash said the countries "are heading toward a long estrangement" and that crisis is "far from a political solution." He published his comments on Twitter Friday.

The dispute between Qatar, on one side, and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt on the other erupted more than a month ago. 

Earlier in the week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in the Gulf, meeting separately with officials in the region to try and find a resolution to the impasse.

The Arab quartet accuse Qatar of disrupting regional security by supporting Islamist opposition groups and extremists. Qatar denies the allegations.

Tags: emirati diplomat, qatar crisis, rex tillerson, diplomatic relations
Location: United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Dubai