Arab League Chief Optimistic on Resolving Crisis despite Heated Exchanges at Meeting

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Resolving the ongoing Gulf crisis will take time and deep thinking on the consequences but it will come to an end, said Ahmed Aboul Gheit, secretary general of Arab League. His comments came after a heated exchange by the foreign ministers of Qatar and four blockading nations - Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt - at the ministerial meeting of the organization. 

 

The Arab League meeting at Cairo has become a venue for the parties to the dispute, who are not yet talking to each other, to air their opinions directly, according to various reports. Representing Qatar, H.E. Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, raised the serious allegation that Saudi Arabia is trying to replace the emir of Qatar and reminded that the blockading countries about their planned military action against Qatar in 1996. 

Ahmed al-Kattan, who represents Saudi Arabia at Arab League, denied allegations of engineering a coup in Qatar but added that the Kingdom is capable of doing anything. He also took strong exception to Muraikhi’s mention of Iran as an honorable country, saying this will prove wrong in every way. UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash and Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry also joined the spat criticizing Qatar.  

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