Arab Quartet stresses Qatar must meet 13 demands to mend ties

The Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain held a meeting on the sidelines of the 29th Arab League summit. (ArabSummit2018)
Updated 14 April 2018
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Arab Quartet stresses Qatar must meet 13 demands to mend ties

  • They discussed the developments regarding the Qatari crisis and stressed the Quartet’s firm position on the necessity of Doha fulfilling the 13 demands that have been put forward

The Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain held a meeting on the sidelines of the 29th Arab League summit on Thursday in Riyadh, where senior Arab officials were discussing various political, security, and military developments facing the region.

They discussed the developments regarding the Qatari crisis and stressed the Quartet’s firm position on the necessity of Doha fulfilling the 13 demands that have been put forward, as well as its adherence to the Six Principles of Cairo Meeting and Manama Declaration as a necessary foundation for normalizing relations with them.

The four countries severed diplomatic and transport links with Qatar in June last year, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and meddling in their internal affairs, and sparking the region’s worst diplomatic dispute in years. Doha has denied the accusations.

During the meeting, the ministers reiterated their solidarity and continued coordination of their positions to maintain security and stability in the Arab region as a whole and reject any attempt of external interference in the affairs of the Arab states, Saudi state press agency reported.


Saudi Arabia, the UAE, UK and US hold Yemen talks in London

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Saudi Arabia, the UAE, UK and US hold Yemen talks in London

  • Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir took part in the meeting of the Yemen Quartet
  • Meeting discussed how best to support the efforts of UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths

LONDON: Saudi Arabia and the UAE met in London on Friday to discuss with the UK and US the next steps in the Yemen peace process.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir took part in the meeting of the Yemen Quartet.

The UK Foreign Office said the meeting discussed how best to support the efforts of UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths.

A ceasefire between Yemeni government troops and Houthi militants was agreed for the key port of Hodeidah in December during talks in Sweden. But the implementation of the truce has stalled and the Arab Coalition supporting Yemeni forces has accused the Iran-backed Houthis of dozens of violations. The coalition includes Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

“I called this meeting so that we keep doing everything we can to move forward on the hard road to peace in Yemen,” UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said. “This is a horrendous conflict and it is taking too long to turn the ceasefire agreed in Stockholm into a durable path to peace.”

The meeting was also attended by the UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nayan, and David Satterfield, a US acting assistant secretary of state.