Emirati Minister Says Qatar's Isolation Could Last 'Years'

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Qatar's diplomatic isolation could "last years", a United Arab Emirates minister said Monday, accusing the Gulf state of "supporting jihadists."

"We do not want to escalate, we want to isolate," state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash told journalists during a visit to Paris.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain broke off relations with Qatar two weeks ago and have closed land and sea borders and imposed severe restrictions on airspace.

The minister said Qatar's rivals were "betting on time", but said a solution could not be brokered until it abandoned its support for "extremist Islamists."

"They have built a sophisticated podium for jihadism and Islamic extremism, we have a golden opportunity to break this support," the minister said.

He called for countries like the United States, France, Germany and Britain to help monitor any agreement reached with Qatar to ensure they are not cooperating with jihadists.

"They have the diplomatic clout and technical know-how," the minister added.

The crisis has raised major concerns over instability in the region.

Comments 5
Thumb the_roar 19 June 2017, 14:53

lol @ these Arabs....i mean ..just lol lol & lol

Thumb galaxy 19 June 2017, 17:49

and you must be Norwegian :)

Thumb the_roar 19 June 2017, 19:05

Who would want to be a Norwegian? no thanks ..Aussie all the way here
& proud of it.

Thumb blablablablabla 19 June 2017, 16:12

arab among themselves ... and some are still claiming that Lebanon must be an arabic country

what a nightmare

Thumb Puppet 19 June 2017, 19:52

My respect and admiration for Mr. the_roar have exponentially increased since he declared he is an Aussie all the way.