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France Supports Promotion of Dialogue to Resolve Crisis Around Qatar

France Supports Promotion of Dialogue to Resolve Crisis Around Qatar

France called on Saturday for a swift lifting of sanctions that target Qatari nationals in an effort to ease a month-long rift between the Gulf country and several of its neighbours.

In June, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates broke off diplomatic relations and communication with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs.

France is calling to "lift the siege" and end "the efforts that have led to the interruption of relations between different members of families that have been harmed as a result", Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said at a joint press conference in Doha with his Qatari counterpart.

To further pressure Qatar, Saudi Arabia has totally closed its land border with its tiny neighbor, through which much of Qatar's food supply crossed.

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A group of six countries that have banded together to boycott Qatar have reportedly written to Federation Internationale de Football Association and demanded the 2022 World Cup be moved out of the country. In return, the four feuding countries vowed to impose further sanctions on Doha.

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Le Drian said that France was very concerned about the ongoing Gulf crisis since it has started to impact the lives of so many people. He said that France is holding talks with all the countries involved to find the right solution and help resolve the crisis.

Sheikh Mohammed, in an apparent reference to punitive measures leveled against Doha by the bloc, said curbing terrorism could not be carried out through "practicing political and intellectual terrorism against a state". The French foreign minister is to travel to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE.