1. German chancellor Angela Merkel says all Gulf nations, Iran, Turkey must work to ease Qatar crisis

German chancellor Angela Merkel says all Gulf nations, Iran, Turkey must work to ease Qatar crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she was concerned about the situation in Qatar, adding that all Gulf nations, and also Iran and Turkey, should work together to find a solution to the regional dispute.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 10, 2017 8:36 AM
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany, Qatar, Gulf nations, Iran, Turkey German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference after talks with Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, April 6, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she was concerned about the situation in Qatar, adding that all Gulf nations, and also Iran and Turkey, should work together to find a solution to the regional dispute.

Merkel, who was speaking in Mexico City alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, said it would be impossible to sort out the situation unless all regional actors were involved, citing Iran, Turkey and Qatar.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday accused Qatar of being a “high-level” sponsor of terrorism, potentially hindering the U.S. Department of State’s efforts to ease heightening tensions and a blockade of the Gulf nation by Arab states and others.

Arab states tightened their squeeze on Qatar by putting dozens of figures with links to the country on terrorism blacklists, while its ally, Turkey, rushed to its side with plans to send troops.

The Pentagon said the blockade was hindering U.S. ability to plan for long-term operations in the region. Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar is home to more than 11,000 U.S. and coalition forces and an important base for the fight against Islamic State. It is the U.S. Air Force’s largest base in the region.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he expected all parties to find a resolution.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also said on Fridaythat assumed that Britain would stick to its Brexit negotiation plan after the country’s surprise election results, adding that she wanted to get to work quickly on talks over Britain’s separation from the European Union.

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Speaking in Mexico City alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Merkel said she was ready for the Brexit negotiations, which are due to begin in the coming days. She added that Britain will still remain in Europe after Brexit, and that she wanted the country to remain a good partner.

 

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