WASHINGTON: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud has said he hoped it may soon be possible to resolve a dispute that led Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to sever political, trade and transport ties with Qatar in mid-2017, Reuters reports.
Saudi minister made the remark in a virtual appearance at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on Thursday.
“I believe that we are committed to finding a solution and from the beginning, we worked with the late Amir of Kuwait to find a path forward. We continue to be willing to engage with our Qatari brothers and we hope that they are as committed to that engagement,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said.
“We hope … that we are able to find a path forward to address the legitimate security concerns … that drove us to take the decisions we took,” he added. “I think there is a path towards that and we are hoping that we can find that in the relatively near future.”
When asked when the Gulf dispute will be resolved, he said: Your guess is as good as mine.”
On normalisation of ties between Israel and two Gulf countries, he said the main focus of Middle East peace efforts should be to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.
“I believe that the focus now needs to be on getting the Palestinians and the Israelis back to the negotiating table. In the end, the only thing that can deliver lasting peace and lasting stability is an agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis,” Saudi Foreign Minister said.