Qatar foreign minister calls for Gulf-Iran dialog, deescalation - report

Qatar's foreign minister has called for a deescalation of tension in the Gulf region and for dialog between Arab countries and Iran, Al Jazeera reported on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-Gulf state Egypt severed diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar in mid-2017 over accusations that Doha it supports terrorism, charges which Qatar denies.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al- hani said the Gulf crisis should be resolved by dialog, respect for sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of states.

Al Thani also told Doha-based Al Jazeera that talks to resolve the crisis were under way, with Saudi Arabia representing the other parties to the dispute. Riyadh said this month a solution was within reach.
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