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Gulf crisis: Arab nations urge Qatar to accept 6 principles to combat extremism

They initially made 13 demands, which Qatar dismissed.

world Updated: Jul 19, 2017 08:48 IST
A man walks on the corniche in Doha, Qatar.
A man walks on the corniche in Doha, Qatar.(Reuters File)

Four Arab nations that cut ties with Qatar are urging the tiny Gulf nation to commit to six principles on combatting extremism and terrorism, and to negotiate a plan with specific measures to implement them - a step that could pave the way for an early resolution of the crisis.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain broke diplomatic relations with Qatar in early June over allegations that it supports extremist groups a charge Qatar rejects.

They initially made 13 demands, which Qatar dismissed.

Saudi Arabia’s UN ambassador Abdallah Al Mouallimi said the four countries were now committed to the six principles agreed to by their foreign ministers at a meeting in Cairo on July 5 and to having Qatar support them.