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France steps in to resolve Gulf crisis

France steps in to resolve Gulf crisis

On a possible exclusion of Qatar from the six member states forming Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the UAE minister pointed out that "Although we may lose the confused and awkward neighbour. we gain clarity and transparency".

Jean-Yves Le Drian is the latest diplomat to visit the Gulf to try and help find a solution to the crisis between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, which cut ties with the small Gulf nation in early June.

The French foreign minister stressed on the importance of finding a resolution to the crisis and called for lifting all the measures that affect bi-national families and civilians.

He also saluted Saudi Arabia's role in halting terrorism and extremist thoughts.

Later in June, the four Arab countries urged Qatar to abide by a 13-point list of demands if it wanted the crippling blockade lifted.

Le Drian, who has already met with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, also said Paris "is very concerned by the sudden deterioration in relations between Qatar and many of its neighbors".

The Qatari minister again denied accusations that his nation provided support to terror groups, accusing the four of failing to provide "single evidence" against his gas-rich nation.

The newest entrant in efforts to resolve the Gulf crisis is France.

On Thursday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left Qatar with no breakthrough reported in resolving the month-long dispute.