In an interview with the Qatari channel, Al-Jazeera, on the occasion of the third anniversary of the blockade imposed on Qatar from the Emirati-Saudi axis, Bin Abdul Rahman asserted that his country is open to dialogue “and whoever takes a step forward we advance ten, provided that they are serious and honest.”
He explained that the dialogue with Saudi Arabia at the end of last year “was positive but stopped without knowing the reasons,” expressing Doha’s hope that “the new initiative differs from its predecessors … and we find seriousness in dealing with the Kuwait initiative.”
On the relationship with the Gulf Cooperation Council, he said that his country is keen on its unity “regardless of what happened”, noting that “the blockade has damaged the reputation of the Council.” And bin Abdul Rahman pointed out that “the blockade countries used social media platforms to mobilize public opinion against the State of Qatar … Unfortunately, especially those we singed in the UAE, we transgressed the sanctities and transgressed the women.”UAE: The Gulf will not be back as it was
For its part, the UAE confirmed today that the Gulf has changed and “cannot return to what it was” before cutting ties with Qatar three years ago.
Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said in a tweet on Twitter: “I do not see that the Qatar crisis on its third anniversary deserves suspension. The tracks have been separated and the Gulf has changed and cannot return to what it was.” According to Gargash, “The causes of the crisis are known, and the solution is also known and will come in due time.”