UAE Envoy in Indonesia Reviews Qatar Crisis

Dubai- United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said that the intricacies in which the Qatar crisis is woven calls for a direct change in foreign policy.

Doha’s record, outstandingly negative, presses that the peninsula deals with the core issue and not disputes lining the crisis’ periphery.

The crisis between Qatar and the Arab bloc boycotting it is not a media duel, Gargash said in a tweet.

“How do you lose a neighbor and believe that safety and support lies with extremists and the terrorists?” he added.

On the other hand, the UAE sent a special envoy to meet with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Jakarta on Tuesday. During the visit, envoy Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Oweis reviewed his government’s views on the Qatar diplomatic crisis in the Gulf and discussed possible solutions.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the peninsula of financing extremists and terror-linked networks.

Oweis noted that measures taken are within the realm of the boycotting countries’ sovereign right, and aim to push the Qatari government to alter course in undermining regional security and stability.

He stressed that the solution that the UAE awaits is undisputedly political and is built on Qatar committing to de-funding extremism and terrorism.  At least 59 individuals and 12 entities have been designated as terrorists by the list.

The UAE minister and the Indonesian minister also reviewed the list of Qatar-linked groups and individuals recently blacklisted by each of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.

Towards the end of the meeting, Oweis thanked the Indonesian government for its understanding, cooperation and recognition that extremism and terrorism threaten everyone.

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