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    Ending Terrorism Support Sole Demand of Bahrain to Qatar Amid Diplomatic Row

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    In light of the ongoing diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf and Africa, the only demand Bahrain has made of Qatar is for the latter to end its support for terrorist activities, Bahrain's Ambassador to Russia Ahmed Abdulrahman Saati told Sputnik in an interview.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On June 5, Bahrain along with several other countries severed diplomatic ties with Qatar over its alleged support of terrorist organizations and role in destabilizing the situation in the Middle East. Qatar has denied the accusations but said Doha would not take retaliatory measures.

    "We have the only demand, Qatar should end its support of terrorism, it is about our sovereignty and this demand is in line with the international law and the principles of good neighbourliness," Saati said.

    The diplomat added that Manama wants Doha to end its sponsorship of terrorist groups and to refrain from violation of Bahrain's sovereignty using information and financial means.

    The Persian Gulf states do not need anyone’s, including Moscow’s mediation efforts to resolve the diplomatic row with Qatar, Bahraini Ambassador to Russia Ahmed Saati added.

    "We do not need mediation because we do not have a conflict. There is a problem, it is linked to terrorism and support of it … This is an issue inside of the, Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf," Saati said.

    Bahrain continues consultations with Russia on the issue of the diplomatic row of Persian Gulf states with Qatar, Ahmed Saati said.

    “Our consultations with the Russian side are ongoing, not just between Bahrain and the Russian Foreign Ministry, but also as part of the group of four countries comprising also Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, the ambassadors visit the Russian Foreign Ministry,” Saati said.

    The diplomatic crisis around Qatar was triggered after a Qatari news agency published a statement of Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani calling for the establishment of relations with Iran and expressing support for the Muslim Brotherhood (a terrorist organization banned in Russia).

    Doha later said that the agency's website was hacked and there was no such statement from Qatari leader. Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain viewed the explanation as unconvincing. A number of other states, including Turkey and Kuwait, have been attempting to mediate the crisis by diplomatic means.

    Persian Gulf Disarray: a Number of States Sever Relations With Qatar (238)


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