Arab League’s Secretary-General Regrets Split With Qatar

A parked Qatari plane in Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Qatar’s foreign minister says Kuwait is trying to mediate a diplomatic crisis in which Arab countries have cut diplomatic ties and moved to isolate his energy-rich, travel-hub nation from the outside world. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

The Arab League’s Secretary-General, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, says he regrets the split between Arab countries, after some Gulf states and Egypt severed ties with Qatar over accusations of supporting terrorism.

Aboul Gheit said in a Monday statement that he is following closely the developments of the crisis and hopes for Arab nations to overcome their differences in the near future “to safeguard Arab national security from the threats it faces.”

The move against the tiny Gulf state was taken by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen, who say that Qatar harbors extremists and backs Saudi Arabia’s regional rival, Iran. Qatar has denied the allegations.

Source: Associated Press