France calls to lift sanctions against Qatar

French Foreign Minister  expressed concern over the situation with Qatar during the visit to Saudi Arabia at the meeting with the Saudi Foreign Minister
09:25, 16 July 2017


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 neighbors. This was reported by Reuters.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar on June 5, accusing it of financing extremist groups and allying with the Gulf Arab states' arch-foe Iran. Doha denies the accusations.

"France calls for the lifting, as soon as possible, of the measures that affect the populations in particular, bi-national families that have been separated or students," French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters in Doha, after he met his counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani.

Related: Qatar residents are preparing for economic blockade, stocking up on food and clothes

Le Drian was speaking alongside Sheikh Mohammed, hours after his arrival in Doha.

As it was reported earlier crisis around Qatar can lead to war, according to German MFA Head. However, there is a chance to resolve the conflict.

Related: A bird strike caused Qatar Airways incident in Istanbul

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