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Will not bar Qatar from Arab summit in Riyadh, says Saudi crown prince

The prince described Iran, Turkey and militant groups as the "contemporary triangle of evil"

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, Arab summit, Doha, Qatar
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman | Photo: Reuters

Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman says Qatar will not be barred from the in Riyadh later this month but predicted the standoff with Doha could last a long time.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman's comments were made to local editors during a visit to Egypt this week and published today in the independent Al-Shorouk newspaper.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar in June, accusing the tiny but super-rich Gulf state of supporting militant groups and forging close ties with Shiite Iran.

The prince described Iran, Turkey and militant groups as the "contemporary triangle of evil." He said Saudi Arabia was seeking to end the close relations between Iran on the one hand and Russia and Syria on the other.

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First Published: Wed, March 07 2018. 20:13 IST