Jeddah, September 10: Gulf crisis doesn’t seem to get solved in near future as Saudi Arabia on Saturday suspended dialogue with Qatar alleging that Doha is "distorting facts”. Earlier, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and several other nations cut ties with Qatar and imposed stringent economic sanctions on it over supporting extremism.
Notably, Saudi Arabia suspended any dialogue with Qatar, accusing it of “distorting facts”, just after a report of a phone call between the leaders of both countries suggested a breakthrough in the Gulf dispute. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke by with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Saturday discussed the to resolve the dispute between Doha and the quartet but could not get the breakthrough.
However, the Saudi Press Agency said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a call on Friday from Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who it said had expressed his desire to start a dialogue with the quartet and discuss their demands.
Crown Prince Mohammed welcomed Sheikh Tamim’s desire to begin a dialogue and that a decision would soon be announced after Saudi Arabia “concludes an understanding” with its three partners, the SPA report said.
Interestingly, the call came a day after US President Donald Trump said he would be willing to step in and mediate the worst dispute in decades among the US-allied Arab states and Qatar, and said he thinks a deal could come quickly.
Unfortunately, after reporting the phone call between Crown Prince Mohammed and Sheikh Tamim, another SPA report said that Saudi Arabia was suspending the dialogue, quoting Qatar “did not have any relevance to truth.”
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and several other nations cut ties with Qatar and imposed stringent economic sanctions on it over supporting extremism. On the other side, Qatar denied all their allegations saying that they never supported Islamist militants and Shi'ite Iran. 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. However, earlier Qatar rejected to fulfil the demands. From then, the verbal spat between quartet and Qatar continues on various occasions.