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Bahrain rules out reconciliation with Qatar

The essence of GCC is not dependent on Doha, Khalid tells Media Forum

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Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain, at the opening session of the Arab Media Forum in Dubai.
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Dubai: A top Bahraini minister on Tuesday ruled out reconciliation with Qatar saying the country has failed to honour pledges since 2013.

“With what we see from the Qatari regime, there is no way of reconciliation considering time we are in, the conspiracies, interventions, the abuse, and the lack of respect to commitments, there is no way,” Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain, at the opening session of the Arab Media Forum on Tuesday.

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In his keynote address on the first day of the 17th edition of the forum on Tuesday in Dubai, the minister said: “They have signed and pledged themselves before to the late King Abdullah [but have failed] in honouring those pledges and commitments. Are we going to go through this again, no, this is not useful, there should be another formula to deal with this regime.”

“If you see Qatar as a threat to GCC or change of GCC, this is over exaggerated,” he said, adding, “We are capable of facing this and the essence of GCC is not dependent on Qatar.”

The forum was inaugurated by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

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