zondag 23 juli 2017

Iran Says It's Open To 'Dialog' With Saudi Arabia Over Qatar Crisis

Kamal Kharrazi, the head of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations said on Friday that Iran was open to “dialogue” with Saudi Arabia despite escalating tensions. Kharrazi said: "We know they (the Saudis) have made many mistakes in Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq and Syria, but we are still for dialogue." A laughable statement like that shows why a resolution to the Qatar blockade crisis is still very far away. On June 5, four Arab countries (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt) imposed a land, sea and air blockade on Qatar.
The reasons given were Qatar's support for Iran, Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, which the four countries consider to be a terrorist group, and Qatar's aggressive use of al-Jazeera to broadcast incitement to overthrow their governments. The four countries listed 13 specific demands that would be necessary to resolve the crisis. The demands included: sever most ties with Iran; sever all ties to the Muslim Brotherhood; shut down al-Jazeera; terminate Turkey's military presence in Qatar; pay reparations and compensation for loss of life and other, financial losses caused by Qatar’s policies in recent years.... France 24