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Alpha Conde : AU chairman calls for 'dialogue' in Gulf crisis

13 June 2017

Around 11,000 citizens from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are in the country, though Qatar on Sunday said that they would be allowed to remain there.

"This policy of domination and control is not going to work".

A statement carried on state media said Doha would "not take any measures against residents of Qatar who hold the nationalities of countries that severed diplomatic ties or lowered diplomatic representations with the state of Qatar, on the back of hostile and tendentious campaigns against the country".

"Iran offered help, as well as other friendly countries".

Qatar has been in talks with Iran and Turkey to secure food and water supplies after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

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The decision will come as a relief to the more than 11,000 people from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain living in Qatar. The port of Dayyer is Iran's closest port to Qatar.

French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to boost France's diplomatic profile in the Middle East and reconcile tensions between Qatar and its neighbors over allegations Qatar funds Islamic extremists.

Amnesty International on June 9 criticized the measures against Qatar as sweeping and arbitrary and said they had split up families and destroyed peoples' livelihoods and education.

Iran has urged Qatar and neighbouring Gulf countries to engage in dialogue to resolve their dispute.

Iran has sent five planeloads of food to Qatar, which is suffering shortages amid a regional blockade.

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AFP also quoted the Tasnim news agency as reporting that three ships with 350 tonnes of food were also set to leave for Qatar.

Saudi Arabia said yesterday it was ordering "suitable measures" to help families with mixed citizenships, but provided few details.

On Sunday, Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah said Qatar was ready "to understand the reality of the qualms and concerns of their brothers and to heed the noble endeavours to enhance security and stability".

The crisis has raised deep concerns of instability in the region and, on Sunday, Kuwait's foreign minister said his country would continue efforts to mediate a solution to the crisis.

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