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Saudi FM hopes Gulf crisis solved within GCC
July 16, 2017, 8:45 am

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir hoped the Gulf crisis would be solved within the Gulf Cooperation Council, while his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian called for confidence-building between the four countries and Qatar.

At a joint news conference with Le Drian Saturday, Al-Jubeir hoped the crisis between Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt on one side and Qatar on the other would be solved within the six-member GCC.

Al-Jubeir said he affirmed to the French party Saudi Arabia's firm rejection to terrorism financing. Saudi Arabia, he added, appreciated France's position regarding the crises in the region.

Al-Jubeir said he and Le Drian discussed, meanwhile, the situations in Syria and Iraq. Le Drian called for confidence-building measures between the four countries and Qatar to pave way for a resolution of the crisis.

He called for restraint in order to create a suitable environment for dialogue. Le Drian, who met with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, thanked Saudi Arabia for its efforts in countering terrorism and extremist ideologies.

He said he agreed with Prince Mohammad bin Salman on activating the French-Saudi committee on political and military cooperation.

Le Drian's visit to Saudi Arabia is part of a Gulf tour that includes Qatar, Kuwait, and UAE to discuss the Gulf crisis. France has announced its support to the Kuwaiti mediation efforts aimed at containing and resolving the ongoing dispute.

Source: KUNA

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