Jeddah, (IINA) - The standoff between Qatar and its Arab neighbors would best be solved by an agreement across the region, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Monday.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said he told Gabriel that the measures taken by the four countries were aimed at pressuring Qatar to change policies that have harmed its neighbors and the world. We look forward to receiving Qatar's response to the demands in order to study it thoroughly before taking stances, Al-Jubeir said.
The aim of the measures taken against Qatar is to change its policies that harm it, the countries of the region and other nations of the world, Al-Jubeir told a press conference alongside Gabriel in Jeddah.
Gabriel said he did not have the impression the four countries were questioning Qatar's sovereignty. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain have agreed to grant Qatar an additional 48 hours to comply with a list of demands they submitted last month.
The extension by the four countries, which have severed diplomatic relations with Qatar and imposed economic sanctions over its regional policies, came at the request of Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
As the original deadline of July 3 loomed, Kuwait, the US and Russia appeared to intensify efforts to resolve the crisis. The Saudi, Emirati, Egyptian, and Bahraini foreign ministers have agreed to meet in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss the crisis.
Meanwhile, Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani has reportedly delivered his country's official response to Sheikh Sabah during a short visit to Kuwait.
The White House on Sunday said US President Donald Trump spoke with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
Trump underscored that unity in the region is critical to accomplishing the Riyadh Summit's goals of defeating terrorism and promoting regional stability, the White House said in a statement.
Trump and King Salman also exchanged views on US-Saudi efforts against terrorism, its sources of financing and countries that support terrorist groups, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.
Trump later tweeted: Spoke yesterday with the King of Saudi Arabia about peace in the Middle-East. Interesting things are happening!
Source: International Islamic News Agency