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France 'Very Concerned' Over Qatar Blockade, Prepared to 'Facilitate Mediation'

17 July 2017

Meanwhile, during a trip to Doha on Saturday French Foreign Minister Le Drian said Paris wants to assist Kuwait-led mediation on the crisis between Qatar and four other Arab states. Doha denies the accusations.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Samer Shehata of the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, however, said that while France's voice lends more support for Qatar, it does "not have a tremendous amount" of influence in the crisis.

According to the agency, al-Bashir on Tuesday "will head to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on a three-day visit to hold discussions with his brother the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman". British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met with his counterpart and the emir, and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson came twice as part of a shuttle diplomacy that included meetings in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in an effort to resolve the crisis.

The United Arab Emirates' (UAE) State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash has underlined that the crisis is expected to flare up in the near future.

"We can't tolerate such direct and overt support of extremist ideologies", he said, noting that more pressures have to be piled over such nations to change course.

Taking to American news channel President Donald Trump said USA will keep up good relations with Qatar including that the United States air base won't be moved out of the Middle Eastern country regardless of the diplomatic and economic blockade forced on Doha by the Saudi-drove group. Firstly, the problem is being dealt with globally and regionally as one among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Qatar is in a tougher position because it depended on food coming across the border with Saudi Arabia, which cut diplomatic and trade links with its neighbour last month.

It also claims the boycott has led to human rights violations, and on Thursday one group said abuses were a effect of the crisis.

Qatar said in late May that hackers had posted fake remarks by the emir, an explanation rejected by Gulf states.

Gargash hailed Qatar's decision last week to sign a memorandum of understanding on terrorist financing with the U.S. as "a positive development" by the foreign minister.

Proof points and key messages on Qatar's funding and support of terrorism and extremism will be brought to the limelight at a seminar in Brussels.

Infantino said that Federation Internationale de Football Association was watching the situation and was in regular contact with the Qatari authorities,"We are indeed facing a diplomatic crisis".

France 'Very Concerned' Over Qatar Blockade, Prepared to 'Facilitate Mediation'