Gargash: Absence of Qatari emir from GCC summit reflected ‘misjudgement of the situation’

Gargash said the Qatar crisis continues, given that Sheikh Tamim’s absence from the meeting December 10 in Riyadh was a negative message.
Sunday 15/12/2019
Realistic assessment. UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash.  (WAM)
Realistic assessment. UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash. (WAM)

LONDON - UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said the absence of Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani from the Gulf Cooperation Council summit was the result of “a misjudgement of the situation.”

Gargash said the Qatar crisis continues, given that Sheikh Tamim’s absence from the meeting December 10 in Riyadh was a negative message regarding efforts to unify Gulf ranks in the face of the Iranian threat.

In his opening speech at the summit, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud stressed the need to strengthen military and security cooperation among Gulf Cooperation Council members to guard against the dangers stemming from developments in the region.

Gargash, writing on Twitter, said: “The Qatar crisis is, in my opinion, continuing, with my conviction that every crisis has a conclusion and that sincere and sustainable solutions are in the interest of the region.”

He said that “the basis for the solution remains in the necessity to address the roots of the crisis between Qatar and the four countries.”

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