Situation in the Gulf - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (28 June 2017)

Q - Your calls for efforts to ease the situation seem to have been ignored. Saudi Arabia stated yesterday that negotiations with Qatar would not take place until it accepted its neighbors’ demands and the UAE suggested this morning that they could even ask their trade partners to choose between them and Doha. What’s your response?

A - The Gulf States must make the necessary gestures in order to help ease the situation and engage in dialogue to settle the disputes. In this respect, we support Kuwait’s efforts.

Jean-Yves Le Drian is continuing to engage in consultations with his interlocutors from the Gulf States. He will receive Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Kuwaiti Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and emissary of the emir for mediation, on June 29.

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