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DOHA: A solution to the Gulf crisis was finally possible because all parties realised that it was a lose-lose situation and there was not a single benefit from the blockade, Lolwah Al Khater, Assistant Foreign Minister and spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry has said.

She also said the Covid-19 pandemic and the global economic crisis have brought new realities which made a resolution to the crisis necessary.

Speaking to Midan, which is part of Al Jazeera, Al Khater also said there are efforts to resolve differences between Qatar and the neighbouring countries like Bahrain and the UAE. After the Al Ula agreement, it has been decided to form a panel with members from both sides to resolve the differences and all pending issues will be discussed at the next GCC meeting.

Al Ula agreement is the first step in the right direction and must be followed by other actions.

When asked why Saudi Arabia has shown enthusiasm in resolving the crisis while the two other Gulf countries have been reluctant partners, she said: “We want to focus on the positive side. What we saw from Saudi until now is a very positive sign and this was followed by several positive measures. What we know is that Saudi represents the rest of the GCC countries and so we are not worried about rumours.”

“If there are media reports about problems between Qatar and some other Gulf states, we are not focused on that and our path forward is to focus on Gulf unity,” Al Khater added.

She said the blockade has hurt Qatar badly because it started in Ramadan and will take a lot of time for Qataris to regain confidence.

“Since 1996, we have seen that every crisis in this region was worse than the one before.  There is a need for sustained cooperation and dialogue to avoid another crisis in future.

The young generation in the Gulf has a better awareness about events in the Gulf having witnessed several turbulent events. 

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