Arab nations urge Qatar to accept six principles for combating extremism, terrorism
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 19-Jul-2017

New York, July 19: With an agenda to bring halt in Gulf crisis, four Arab nations including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain on Tuesday asked Qatar to commit to six principles on combating extremism and terrorism and negotiate a plan with specific measures to implement them immediately.

The six principles mainly include commitment to combat extremism and terrorism, prevent financing and safe havens for such terrorist groups, and suspend all acts of provocation and speeches inciting hatred or violence.

Notably, giving a brief detail about the new move, Saudi Arabia's U.N. Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi white talking to media said that the four nations are now committed to the six principles agreed to by their foreign ministers at a meeting in Cairo on July 5, and hope Qatar will support them as well.

Al-Mouallimi said the four-nation quartet thinks it "should be easy for the Qataris to accept" the six principles. He stressed that implementation and monitoring must be "essential components," and "there will be no compromise when it comes to principles." The Saudi ambassador also explained that the initial 13 points included some principles and some tools to achieve compliance and asked Qatar to curb ties with Iran. On the other side, Qatar has not reacted on 6 principles demanded by Gulf countries.

Notably, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen, Maldives, Bahrain cut off ties with 2022 FIFA World Cup host Qatar on June 5 accusing of spreading terrorism in other countries. Later, Saudi and its allies issued a 13-point list of demands to end the rift on June 22 and gave Qatar 10 days to comply which is not yet fulfilled by Doha.  

However, Qatar finally agreed to take stringent action to stop funding of terrorism, a demand which is being made by the four boycotting Arab nations. The United States and isolated Qatar on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the steps to be taken by Doha to stop funding of terrorism to which UAE foreign minister, Anwar Gargash, said on Twitter: “A temporary solution is not a wise one”.