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UAE diplomat warns of 'long estrangement' in Qatar crisis

AP  |  Dubai 

A top Emirati diplomat has cautioned that a diplomatic standoff between Qatar and its neighbours could be prolonged.

The United Arab Emirates' Minister of State for Foreign Relations Anwar al-Gargash said the countries "are heading toward a long estrangement" and that crisis is "far from a political solution." He published his comments on Twitter yesterday.

The dispute between Qatar, on one side, and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and on the other erupted more than a month ago. Earlier in the week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in the Gulf, meeting separately with officials in the region to try and find a resolution to the impasse.

The Arab quartet accuse Qatar of disrupting regional security by supporting Islamist opposition groups and extremists. Qatar denies the allegations.

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First Published: Sat, July 15 2017. 15:48 IST