The Qatari emir said the Saudi-led bloc of countries that have brought his country under a full-scale embargo is not interested in finding a solution to the Persian Gulf diplomatic crisis, stressing that Doha is open to “dialog based on mutual respect.”
Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifah has warned that his country will not attend an upcoming Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) if Qatar doesn't alter its stance on regional issues.
Russia and Qatar have signed an intergovernmental agreement on military and technical cooperation, as Persian Gulf Arab states are turning to Moscow as a new arms supplier amid escalation of regional tensions.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he has embarked on a diplomatic shuttle to help mend fences between neighboring Persian Gulf states Saudi Arabia and Qatar, but that Riyadh has been unresponsive to his mediation bid.
Market figures show that South Korea’s imports of crude oil from Iran hit the highest level in six months in September in a fresh sign that the Islamic Republic is pushing ahead with plans to regain the market share it lost as a result of multiple-year sanctions.
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have started joint naval exercise in the Persian Gulf waters as the Manama regime has been trying for years to draw closer to Saudi authorities and receive their assistance in the heavy-handed crackdown against pro-democracy activists and opposition figures.
Shortly after addressing the United Nations General Assembly, US President Donald Trump and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani met in New York to discuss the Persian Gulf’s major diplomatic crisis.
Russia says the so-called quartet of Arab countries, led by Saudi Arabia, and Qatar should begin direct negotiations to defuse an unprecedented diplomatic crisis that erupted three months ago in the Persian Gulf region.
Arab countries and Qatar should enter into direct talks to solve a diplomatic dispute, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on a trip to Saudi Arabia on Sunday, urging all parties to restore regional unity.