- Title: Arab states to deliver verdict on Qatar as compromise elusive
- Date: 5th July 2017
- Summary: CAIRO, EGYPT (JULY 5, 2017) (REUTERS) FOREIGN MINISTERS ARRIVING BY CAR AT TAHRIR PALACE (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) SAUDI FOREIGN MINISTER, ADEL AL JUBEIR, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) FOREIGN MINISTER, SHEIKH ABDULLAH BIN ZAYED AL-NAHYAN, EGYPTIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SAMEH SHUKRI, BAHRAINI FOREIGN MINISTER, SHEIKH KHALID BIN AHMED AL-KHALIFA, ALL SEATED SHUKRI, SEATED JUBEIR, SEATED FOUR FOREIGN MINISTERS, SEATED FOR PHOTO OP NAHYAN, SEATED KHALIFA, SEATED FOUR FOREIGN MINISTERS, SEATED
- Embargoed: 19th July 2017 14:11
- Keywords: foreign ministers diplomatic and travel ties cut Qatar deadline boycott UAE Egypt Gulf crisis Bahrain Saudi Arabia
- Location: CAIRO, EGYPT
- City: CAIRO, EGYPT
- Country: Egypt
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016OFYRT3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain met in Cairo on Wednesday (July 5) to weigh possible further sanctions against Qatar in a dispute that has aroused deep concern among Western allies of the region's ruling dynasties, key partners of the West in energy and defence.
The four Arab states broke off diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of aiding terrorism and courting Iran - a regional rival of the Gulf states that shares interest in a gas field with Qatar.
Qatar, whose international diplomatic and commercial profile has risen dramatically in the last 20 years, driven largely by gas revenues, denies the charges. Officials there say the demands are so draconian they suspect they were never seriously meant for negotiation and were instead meant to hobble Doha's sovereignty.
If its response to the demands fails to satisfy the Arab states meeting in Cairo, Qatar could be isolated or excluded from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a regional economic and security cooperation body founded in 1981.
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