MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On June 5, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic relations with Qatar. The states accused Qatar of supporting terrorist groups, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist movement, as well as of interfering in other countries' domestic affairs. Libya made a similar decision. Yemen cut diplomatic relations citing Doha's links with Houthis. The Maldives took the same step, citing extremism and terrorism concerns.
"I believe, it can affect next Astana rounds. Astana is supported by 3 countries such as Russia, Iran and Turkey. Turkey and Iran are likely to support Qatar in this dispute and we could see that further developments may complicate the situation around Syria, when Iran and Turkey find themselves against Egypt and Saudi Arabia," Ahmad said.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said earlier in the day that Ankara was "saddened" by the situation and urged for dialogue despite the existing disagreements.
"It is in the interest of Turkey and Iran to achieve results before the chances of Astana process are undermined by the regional confrontation," Ahmad said.
On Saturday, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad told Sputnik that the new round of talks on the Syrian settlement in the Kazakh capital of Astana was scheduled for June 12-13.