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The Mauritanian foreign minister expects to solve his country's crisis with Qatar


Mauritanian Foreign Minister Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that the crisis between his country and Qatar will be resolved, adding that the government has kept the budget of the Mauritanian embassy in Doha because at any moment the relations may return.

This came in a speech during a closed session to discuss the budget of his sector before the Finance Committee in Parliament on Wednesday, according to what was reported by local media and reported by the Anatolia Agency.

According to the same source, the Mauritanian minister affirmed that the problem of the relationship with Qatar will be resolved like other problems in a pure Mauritanian way.

"There is no problem with the Qatari people, and we have kept the embassy budget because at any moment, relations may return," the minister added.

These statements came after the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council concluded their fortieth summit in Riyadh, emphasizing the importance of cohesion and unity of the GCC countries.

Some analysts and followers noted that the current summit - which was supposed to be held in the Emirates before being transferred to Riyadh - was held in an atmosphere they described as conciliatory after more than two years after the outbreak of the Gulf crisis in mid-2017.

It is noteworthy that on June 6, 2017, Mauritania announced that it cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, and said in a statement that the decision to cut diplomatic ties was taken in light of what it described as Qatar's insistence on "persisting in its policies."

This came a day after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt announced that they had cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and closed their fields, air, land and sea ports with Doha.

In response to the Mauritanian decision, the capital Nouakchott at the time witnessed a march by cars to condemn the severing of relations with Doha, during which the participants - who raised Qatari flags - chanted slogans praising the role of Qatar and its policies in the Arab and Islamic region.

Source: aljazeera

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