United Kingdom has joined the US in calling for an end to the crisis after the country’s announcement to fight terrorism.
“I welcome the Emir of Qatar’s commitment to combat terrorism in all its manifestations, including terrorist financing,” UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in a statement yesterday. “We hope in turn Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain respond by taking steps toward lifting the embargo. This will allow substantive discussions on remaining differences to begin.”
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE all severed diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar after accusing it of supporting terrorism, which Qatar has denied.
US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, who visited the Middle East amid crisis, said that US was satisfied with the efforts of Qatar to counter terrorism and asked the boycotting countries “to consider, as a sign of good faith, lifting this land blockade.”
European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini called for swift direct talks to resolve the Gulf crisis between Qatar and its neighbours.
Mogherini in a statement called on “all the parties to enter into negotiations to agree clear principles and a roadmap for a swift resolution of the crisis”.
She also said that EU was ready to support the negotiation between the parties and assist in the implementation of a plan for the resolution of the crisis, especially in the area of counter-terrorism.