- Title: Saudi says Qatar must implement "promises made" over extremist groups
- Date: 6th June 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (JUNE 6, 2017) (REUTERS) SECURITY GUARD STANDING BY OFFICIALS TALKING SAUDI ARABIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER, ADEL AL-JUBEIR, WALKING PAST OFFICIALS AND SECURITY JUBEIR SURROUNDED BY OFFICIALS AND SECURITY SECURITY AND OFFICIALS STANDING BY (SOUNDBITE) (English) SAUDI ARABIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER, ADEL AL-JUBEIR, SAYING: "We want to see Qatar implement the promises it made a few years back with regard to its support for extremist groups, with regards to its hostile media, with regards to its interference in the affairs of other countries. And we have taken this step with great pain in order to make sure that Qatar understands that these policies are not acceptable and not sustainable and that they must change." SIGN FOR MEETING ROOM IN HOTEL (SOUNDBITE) (English) SAUDI ARABIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER, ADEL AL-JUBEIR, SAYING: "We made it clear to everybody that Iran is a force for instability, Iran is a force for chaos, Iran is a force for death and destruction, that Iran's policies have fuelled sectarianism in the Middle East, that Iran's desire to restore what they call the Persian empire means dominating countries in the Middle East and expanding in the Middle East and that those policies are not acceptable, that Iran's support for terrorism cannot stand. That is why Iran is designated as the number one sponsor of terrorism in the world. We believe that any dealings with Iran or any proximity with Iran will have very negative consequences." OFFICIALS TALKING SIGN ON DOOR READING (French and English): "MEETING IN PROGRESS" (SOUNDBITE) (English) SAUDI ARABIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER, ADEL AL-JUBEIR, SAYING: "The issue is broader than that. The issue has to do with, as I mentioned earlier, support for various extremist groups, interference in affairs with other countries, its hostile media, its policies that have led to destablisation in certain countries. And we believe that Qatar should work to be a force for peace and stability in the region and we hope that they will do so." JUBEIR SHAKING HANDS WITH OFFICIALS AS HE LEAVES
- Embargoed: 20th June 2017 19:49
- Keywords: Muslim Brotherhood palestine Hamas Qatar Al-Jubeir foreign minister Saudi Arabia
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016K564AV
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- Story Text: Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, said on Tuesday (June 6) Qatar must take several steps, including ending its support for the Palestinian group Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, to restore ties with other Arab states.
Adel Al-Jubeir said Qatar knew exactly what to do to restore relations with Riyadh and its Arab allies.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain said on Monday (June 5) they would sever all ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
Jubeir said the decision had been taken with "great pain".
Jubeir added that Qatar was undermining the Palestinian Authority and Egypt in its support of Hamas and the Muslim brotherhood.
The campaign to isolate Qatar is disrupting trade in commodities from crude oil to metals and food, and deepening fears of a possible shock to the global gas market, where the Gulf state is a major player.
Jubeir also dismissed Qatar's recent rapprochement with Shi'ite Iran - Sunni Saudi Arabia's arch foe in the region.
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