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Ball in Qatar’s court, says Saudi Prince Turki

Former head of Saudi intelligence says his comments are based on observations of recent developments

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Prince Turki Al Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz
Gulf News

Cernobbio, Italy: Qatar could end a political standoff with a Saudi-led group of nations if it adheres to its earlier agreements to stop interfering in the internal affairs of neighbouring countries, Saudi Prince Turki Al Faisal said.

“The ball is in Qatar’s court, and they have to perform on that,” the former head of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency said Friday in an interview with Bloomberg TV from the Ambrosetti Forum in Cernobbio, Italy.

Prince Turki stressed that he has no official role in the current government and that his comments are based on observations of recent developments.

Since June 5, Qatar has been boycotted by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, which accuse it of supporting terrorism.

They also resent its ties with Iran, which has fomented strife in the region.

The group has accused Qatar of breaking agreements it signed in 2013 and 2014 to end a diplomatic crisis that centred on the nation’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Those documents, released in July, included pledges “not to interfere in the internal affairs” of other Gulf Cooperation Council members, and not to harbour people engaged in activities damaging to those countries among other measures.

The four countries want Qatar to “live up to the agreement that was signed,” Prince Turki said.