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UAE warns Qatar to shift policy on terrorism or suffer

Staff Writer | June 9, 2017
The United Arab Emirates, locked along with other Arab countries in an escalating dispute with Qatar, has warned the tiny emirate that it will remain isolated unless it stops support for militant groups.
Sultan Al-Jaber
Tensions   "The Qatari government has a decision to make"
"The bottom line is that today the Qatari government has a decision to make.

"It can finally turn away from the destructive policies it has adopted and demonstrate true unity and solidarity with the GCC," said Sultan Al-Jaber, UAE's minister of state and head of the National Media Council, referring to the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.

"Or, it can continue on its current path of funding and enabling extremism. If that is what the Qatar government chooses, then it will remain isolated and suffer economic and diplomatic costs," Al-Jaber told dpa in an email interview.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Egypt, Yemen and Mauritania announced this week they were cutting diplomatic ties and closing borders with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and backing Iran.

Meanwhile, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi in Cairo.

"The two sides agreed on the importance of working to strengthen joint Arab action efforts for the benefit of Arab countries and their peoples," said Egyptian presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef.