Qatar was not consulted on Saudi summit statements: FM
June 03 2019 12:10 AM
HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani
HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani

Agencies Doha

"The Gulf summit statement talked about a unified Gulf, but where is it amid the continuation of Qatar's blockade?", asks Sheikh Mohamed

Qatar said on Sunday that it rejected the outcome of the recent Makkah talks on mounting regional tensions with Iran as Doha had not been properly consulted.

Saudi Arabia hosted three summits in the holy city over the weekend critical of Iran after King Salman warned that "terrorist" attacks in the Gulf region could imperil global energy supplies.

"The statements of the Gulf and Arab summits were ready in advance and we were not consulted on them," HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told the Al-Araby broadcaster.

"Qatar has reservations on the Arab and Gulf summits because some of their terms are contrary to Doha's foreign policy."

Tehran has strongly denied involvement in recent attacks on oil infrastructure and regional shipping -- incidents that prompted Riyadh to convene the three crisis summits.

In a tweet just before the start of the summit, the king vowed to confront "aggressive threats and subversive activities".

Qatar is the subject of a two-year Saudi-led economic embargo including bans on direct air, land and sea travel between the boycotting nations and Qatar, as well sanctions.

The alliance, which also includes Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, accuses Qatar of supporting Islamist movements and Iran -- claims it denies.

"The Gulf summit statement talked about a unified Gulf, but where is it amid the continuation of Qatar's blockade?" added HE Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman in separate comments to Doha-based broadcaster Al Jazeera.

The summits "adopted Washington's policy towards Iran and not one that takes the neighbourhood into consideration", he added.

"We hoped the Makkah summits would lay the groundwork for dialogue to reduce tensions with Iran," the foreign minister added in his comments to Al-Araby and reposted on Twitter by his ministry.

"The Makkah summit ignored the important issues in the region, such as the Palestine issue and the war in Libya and Yemen."

"They condemned Iran but did not refer to a moderate policy to speak with Tehran," he said in remarks reported by Al Jazeera television.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman convened the emergency summits on May 30-31 to discuss drone strikes on oil installations in Saudi Arabia and attacks on four vessels, including two Saudi oil tankers, off the United Arab Emirates coast.



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