RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal ruled out any breakthrough in the political crisis between the three Gulf states – Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. and Bahrain – and Qatar, besides if Doha changed its policy.
In statements carried by the Saudi edition of Al-Hayat newspaper out on Tuesday, Faisal said if Doha changed its policy, there could be a breakthrough in this crisis.
Asked about whether the ratification of the Gulf Union has become far-fetched, the Saudi top diplomat said “I do not think so,” noting that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has underlined the importance of cooperation and integration among the GCC member-states.
Regarding the U.S. mediation in the Gulf crisis with Qatar, Prince Saud denied any American mediation with the U.S. president expected to visit Riyadh late March.
Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. and Bahrain have withdrawn their ambassadors in Doha due to Qatar’s violations of agreements reached with Doha and the GCC principles.