Qatar says Saudi-led bloc unwilling to negotiate on blockade

Posted September 01, 2017

The bloc accuses Qatar of supporting extremism, a charge Qatar denies.

Iranians and Qataris are among the more than 1.7 million Muslims gathered in the holy city of Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage, even though the governments in Tehran and Doha are at odds with Saudi Arabia.

Russia's foreign minister is in Kuwait for the first leg in a three-nation tour of Gulf Arab states over the ongoing Qatar diplomatic crisis.

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However, Saudi King Salman in mid-August ordered the opening of the land border to Qatari pilgrims and authorised sending Saudi aircraft to ferry pilgrims from Doha after the intercession of a member of Qatar's royal family.

Stressing Moscow's support for the Kuwaiti mediation, Lavrov voiced Russia's keenness on a unified and strong Gulf Cooperation Council, noting that there is no need for new problems in the region.

U.S. President Donald Trump has called on the gulf countries now embroiled in the regional dispute to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis that is now disrupting peace within the region.

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A 104-year-old woman Hajj pilgrim from Indonesia is now the guest of Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud along with two of her neighbours. "The two leaders also addressed the threat that Iran poses to the region", it said.

The president and the king also discussed Harvey.

In June, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and transport links with Qatar. The Qatari Foreign Ministry rejected the accusations of Doha's interference in other countries' domestic affairs and expressed regret over the Saudi-led group's decision to cut off diplomatic ties.

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