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Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jubeir

Saudi Arabia FM demands Qatar to be clear, serious

JEDDAH, September 11, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jubeir has called upon Qatar to be clear and serious in dealing with the ongoing diplomatic crisis, stressing that the Kingdom's stances have been clear and stated repeatedly.

"Qatar knows what is required,” Adel Al-Jubeir was quoted as saying by Wam, the Emirates official news agency.

“We want clarity with regard to the Qatari position. We want a seriousness in finding a solution to this crisis, leading to the implementation of the principles supported by all countries of the world, including non-support of terrorism, non-financing of terrorism, non-hosting of wanted persons, non-dissemination of hatred and extremism and non-interference in the affairs of other countries, which were among 13 demands submitted to the Qatari side through the State of Kuwait. In this regard, we have taken measures and will continue our stance until Qatar responds to the will of the international community to stop supporting and financing terrorism and extremism," he said during a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Al-Jubeir noted that Qatar did not abide by the Riyadh agreement in 2013/2014 by ceasing its policy of supporting extremism and interfering in the affairs of other countries and supporting terrorism. Therefore, the Kingdom, with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, were forced to take action against Qatar, to make Qatar abandon its policy of supporting terrorism and extremism and hosting those who are wanted and spreading the speech of hatred, incitement and interference in the affairs of the countries of the region.

"If Qatar has a serious desire, it must respond to these demands in order to open a new page with Qatar. With regard to mechanisms for implementation and follow-up, Qatar must realize that these policies are unacceptable, not only from countries in the region, but from all over the world. I do not think that there is a state that backs support or financing of terrorism or incitement to extremism or interference in the affairs of other countries. Now, we hope that the wisdom of the State of Qatar will be prevailed upon and Qatar responds to the demands of the four countries," Al-Jubeir added, as quoted by Saudi Press Agency SPA.

He stressed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Russia agreed on the international principles that guarantee the sovereignty of Syria, in accordance with international law and non-interference in the internal affairs of Syria. With regard to the challenges facing the region, he pointed out that the two countries' stances are identical.

During the press conference, the Russian Foreign Minister highlighted his meeting with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, expressing his satisfaction with the cooperation between Russia and the Kingdom and the joint action. He pointed out that the Astana meetings were effective between Russia, Turkey and Iran. "We will cooperate to achieve the goals that have been discussed," he said.

The Russian Foreign Minister also stressed the importance of new agreements on the structure of the fourth region in Idlib province.

Al-Jubeir lauded the Russian stance and its communicating with the legitimate government in Yemen to solve the crisis based on the Security Council's resolution no. 2216, in addition to welcoming the results of the national dialogue in Libya and recent steps to gather the Libyan parties, as well as supporting efforts of the UN envoy in this regard.

Al-Jubeir stressed that the two countries determine to address terrorism and extremism and focus on respecting international laws and non-interference in others' affairs, and are looking forward to fruitful cooperation between the two friendly countries.

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