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Gulf Mediator Says Qatar `Ready to Understand' Region's Concerns

12 June 2017

Almost a week after Saudi Arabia and several of its allies severed ties with Qatar in an unprecedented Gulf diplomatic crisis, there were no signs of the bitter dispute being resolved.

"Morocco, which remains closely linked to Gulf countries in all fields despite geographic distance, is very concerned with this crisis although it is not directly involved in it", the statement said, noting that the North African Kingdom has adopted a constructive neutrality "which does not confine it to a passive observation of a disturbing escalation between brotherly countries".

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said on Sunday that Qatar is willing to understand the concerns of fellow Gulf states and to hold dialogue to end the current tension, official KUNA news agency reported.

It said Qatar was acting in "accordance with its firm beliefs and principles".

U.S. President Donald Trump at first offered to host Qatar and its adversaries - all U.S. allies - at the White House, but on Friday said Qatar has been a high-level sponsor of terrorism and backed the Gulf pressure.

But a Qatari diplomat said the crisis reflected a lack of USA leadership.

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"We have to stop the funding of terrorism". "(It) gives others the impression the US does not know how to manage the relationship with its allies or is incapable".

Saudi Arabia and allies including the UAE and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting extremism.

A peninsular nation of 2.5 million people, Qatar has for years punched well above its weight in world affairs by parleying its vast gas wealth into influence across the region, irking many with its maverick stances and support for Islamists. Qatar says the allegations are based on lies.

An anonymous Qatari official was quoted earlier as saying by Reuters that his country is in talks with "Turkey and Iran and other countries" about securing food and water supplies to stave off any shortages.

The decision will come as a relief to the more than 11,000 people from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain living in Qatar.

According to Al-Sharq, Qatar's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said Saturday that it had received complaints from Qatari citizens who made the pilgrimage to Mecca and were barred from entering the Grand Mosque.

Gulf Mediator Says Qatar `Ready to Understand' Region's Concerns