Qatar expresses its willingness to mediate between Turkey and Saudi Arabia


Doha / Anatolia

Mutlaq Al-Qahtani, the special envoy of the Qatari foreign minister for combating terrorism and mediating in the settlement of disputes, on Monday, expressed his country’s readiness to mediate between Turkey and Saudi Arabia as well as between the latter and Iran.

This came during a symposium entitled “Policy and Experience of the State of Qatar in Mediation and Conflict Resolution”, organized by the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (non-governmental), according to the Anadolu Agency.

In response to a question about Qatar’s willingness to mediate and ease tensions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia and between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Al-Qahtani replied: “This is due to the principle of consent as a fundamental principle in international relations.”

He added, “If these two countries see that the State of Qatar has a role in this mediation, then it is possible to do so.”

He continued: “It is in everyone’s interest that there be friendly relations between these countries, especially between basic and major countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran.”

And between Ankara and Riyadh controversial files, most notably the assassination of the Saudi writer, Jamal Khashoggi, inside the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, on October 2, 2018, a crime that shook international public opinion, with accusations that Riyadh denies that Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman issued the order to assassinate him. .

As for Iran, Gulf states, led by Saudi Arabia, accuse it of having an expansionist agenda in the region and interfering in the internal affairs of Arab countries, which Tehran denies and says it is committed to good neighborly relations.

Al-Qahtani said, during the symposium, that “Qatar played a major diplomatic role between the United States and Turkey to calm the tensions that occurred between Ankara and Washington.”

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told CNN Turk on Sunday evening that Ankara is in contact with the staff of the US President-elect, Joe Biden, and he wants to develop relations with Turkey and open a new page.

Kalin explained that there are 3 issues that constitute the points of contention between the two countries, namely: “The support provided by the United States to the (terrorist) PYD / DPRK organization, and the second is not to take any serious steps towards the Gülen terrorist organization and its activities on American soil, and the third is the sanctions. Related to the F-35. ”

Al-Qahtani expressed his optimism that the outcomes of the recent Gulf summit would contribute to “strengthening joint Gulf and Arab action and strengthening the weight of Gulf states in the Arab decision.”

The 41st Gulf Summit, in Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, witnessed the announcement of the end of a Gulf crisis that has continued since 2017 between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.

He added that “the mediation operations carried out by Qatar gave it experience in managing the (Gulf) crisis, and did not affect the role and efforts of Doha in mediation.”

He added that Doha “was able to stop the bloodshed in Afghanistan, launch the Afghan dialogue, and deal with crises, some of which are declared and some of them unannounced.”

Since June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a land, air and sea blockade on Qatar, claiming its support for terrorism, which Doha denied, and considered it an “attempt to undermine its sovereignty and its independent decision.”

Al-Qahtani stressed that “ending the Gulf crisis will have positive effects and strengthen the role of Qatar, as it continues in these (mediation) efforts regardless of what it has been exposed to in the past.”

He pointed to “the repercussions caused by the Gulf crisis on peacekeeping between Djibouti and Eritrea, after Qatar withdrew from mediation, which had negative and dangerous repercussions on the stability of the Horn of Africa.”

He added that Qatar “was able to maintain its position as a reliable and honest mediator on the regional and international arenas, and this was embodied in the success of its mediation to sign the historic peace agreement between the United States of America and the (Afghani) Taliban (movement) in Doha, last February, as well as gathering the Afghan parties. For dialogue after nearly 20 years of conflict. ”

Al-Qahtani explained that: Resorting to Qatar’s mediation in many conflicts and crises is due to the fact that it has no hidden political agenda, and is not looking for media fame, but rather about achieving international security and stability and the development and welfare of peoples.

He expressed his country’s readiness to mediate in many of the region’s inflammatory files, if the will and desire of the concerned parties in Yemen, Libya, Somalia and others were available, with the aim of strengthening security and peace in those countries.

He stressed that Doha believes that there is no military solution to these crises, and dialogue, negotiations and a peaceful settlement are necessary.
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