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“Qatar: EU urged to take a ‘leadership role’ in helping to defuse current Gulf crisis”

“Qatar: EU urged to take a ‘leadership role’ in helping to defuse current Gulf crisis”

August 2, 2017 1:08 pm

EU reporter writes:

Despite a frantic round  of shuttle diplomacy, led by the United States and Kuwait, there appears no end in sight to the dispute.

Now a regional expert has urged the international community, including the EU, to intensify the pressure on Qatar to participate in negotiations aimed at ending the crisis.

Speaking in Brussels on Tuesday, Dr Richard Burchill, of TRENDS, a leading independent think tank based in the Gulf, said the EU could join with the US and Kuwait in the ongoing mediation efforts.

He said  there was “clear and overwhelming evidence” that Qatar had supported Islamist movements such as the Muslim Brotherhood and helped to fund jihadist forces including groups linked to al-Qaida, Islamic State and other extreme Islamist groups.

Burchill told reporters: “There is very strong and clear evidence of this and that Qatar has been, and continues, to directly support terrorist organizations, including Islamic States.

“It stands out, among others, for making no effort to cooperate with the international community in tackling terrorism and cutting off sources of finance for terrorist groups.”

To read the full article, follow this link: https://www.eureporter.co/world/2017/07/19/qatar-eu-urged-to-take-a-leadership-role-in-helping-to-defuse-current-gulf-crisis/

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