Saudi FM: Qatar measures taken with great pain

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said in Berlin that he believes the Gulf states can resolve the dispute themselves, but that Qatar must take several steps in order to restore ties.

“The issue with Qatar goes back a number of years. There was an understanding for Qatar to take measures about supporting some organizations and some individuals. Qatar committed to deal with the issue but regrettably we didn’t see an appropriate response. And this is what led some countries to take measures against Qatar,” he said.

“We took these measures with great pain and we took them for Qatar’s interests, for the interests of the region and for the sake of stability and security. We hope the brothers in Qatar will take the appropriate measures to avoid this crisis.”

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