Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

France calls for swift lifting of sanctions on Qatari nationals

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called Sunday for de-escalation in the row between Qatar and four Arab countries, as he held talks in the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, a mediator in the crisis.

The French minister is the third senior Western official to visit Doha over the past week.

"We need a regional solution and global monitoring", he added while making remarks in London.

On the other hand, Qatar has renewed its commitment to fighting terrorism.

The foreign minister said the visit of the French minister reflects the strength of bilateral relations between the two friendly countries in various fields such as security, energy and economy.

The foreign minister affirmed Qatar welcomes the efforts of the France in supporting Kuwaiti mediation and finding a solution based on the sovereignty of states and worldwide law.

Last week, hours before Mr Tillerson's arrival in Kuwait, documents were leaked showing a confidential GCC agreement which the boycotting nations accuse Qatar of breaching.

Airlines such as EgyptAir, Etihad Airways and Emirates have cancelled flights to and from the Qatari capital Doha. He pointed out that France was in touch with all parties.

Addressing a press conference in Doha with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Drian said, "France is calling for these measures to be lifted, especially ones that affect the (Qatari) population, specifically measures that impact bi-national families that have been separated".

Speaking to Al Jazeera, he said France does "not have a tremendous amount" of influence in the crisis. We have to find a quick solution to the crisis that is taking place.

The fact the question was asked so quickly highlights the fact that there has always been nagging concerns that Qatar would be stripped of the event.

It also claims the boycott has led to human rights violations, and on Thursday one group said abuses were a effect of the crisis.

He also praised Saudi efforts to eradicate terrorism.

Not long after JASTA was passed, a suit was filed against UAE's Dubai Islamic Bank for "knowingly and purposefully provided financial services and other forms of material support to al Qaeda. including the transfer of financial resources to al Qaeda operatives who participated in the planning and execution of the September 11th attacks". This was after USA president, Donald Trump completed a back to back meetings with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), including the Emir of Qatar.

New details concerning recent crisis in the Persian Gulf are being revealed while the regional conflict escalates further despite global efforts.

The fabricated stories were all attributed to Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

"The first is not supporting or financing terrorism".

Le Drian stressed that France wants a quick end to the tension and the blockade enforced. His remarks came from Doha, where he begins a Gulf tour to support Kuwait's mediation efforts.

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