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.
Saudi Arabia on Saturday suspended any dialogue with Qatar, accusing it of “distorting facts,” just after a report of a phone call between the leaders of both countries suggested a breakthrough in the dispute between Persian Gulf Arab states.
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani has called Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to express his desire to start a dialogue and discuss the demands of the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ), the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
Qatari shipping company is set to launch what it calls the fastest direct service between Doha and the Pakistani port city of Karachi this week, as the Persian Gulf state seeks to establish new trade routes amid a land, air and sea blockade from its Arab neighbors.
Qatar inaugurated a new $7.4 billion port along its Persian Gulf coast on Tuesday that officials said would become a regional transport hub and help shield its economy against sanctions enforced by neighboring Arab states.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that secessionist moves are not in the interests of regional peace and stability, but rather to the detriment of nations.