Nothing to negotiate with Qatar, says Saudi FM in Rome

Economic relations expanding, Alfano tells El Jubeir

21 July, 21:06

    Alfano meets Adel al-Jubeir Alfano meets Adel al-Jubeir

    ROME - In the ongoing diplomatic war against the government of Qatar ''we have nothing to negotiate'', said Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, who met Friday with Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano in Rome.

    The young foreign minister told a press conference that Qatar must choose if it wants to ''stop funding terrorism'' or continue to do so, he said. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have said they are not providing ''any support to terrorism, funding to terrorism and are not inciting hate speeches''.

    The Qataris ''have accepted eight out of 13 requests in 2014'' but they were ''never implemented''. It is necessary for Qatar to ''abide by those principles. We don't do it to harm Qatar'', he added, noting the step was painful but necessary to ''guarantee that terrorism is not supported anymore''.

    Riyadh has the intention of ''moving forward to improve the country'', he stated, but ''if we have to confront terrorism the process is complicated'' and for this reason ''we are intolerant towards terrorism'' and ''determined to work with allies'', including Italy.

    Adel al-Jubeir stressed Saudi accusations also against Tehran.

    ''Iran sponsors terrorism - he stated - establishes terror cells in our countries, violates international treaties and is introducing arms and explosives in Kuwait, Yemen and Bahrain to destabilize the region''.

    Talking about the situation in the region, he continued saying that ''it's not a matter of Sunnis or Shiites but of Iran trying to dominate the region. We cannot allow it'', and it is necessary to reject this ''aggressive attitude sanctioned worldwide''.

    Al-Jubeir also said that Iran sends its Revolutionary Guard corps to Yemen, as well as to Syria and Iraq ''interfering with domestic affairs and boosting the fire of sectarianism''. Iran needs to decide whether the country represents ''a revolution or the nation-State'', he concluded because ''the revolution is emotional'' while ''the State is rational'' and until Iran decides ''we cannot move forward''. (ANSAmed).

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