TEHRAN (defapress) - Bahrain's Foreign Minister Khaled bin Ahmed Al Khalifa urged on Monday to freeze Qatar's membership in the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council ((P)GCC) in order to preserve the organization.
News ID: 66761
Publish Date: 30October 2017 - 13:45
"The right step to preserve the (P)GCC is to freeze
Qatar's membership in the Council… Bahrain will not attend the summit and sit
with Qatar, which is coming closer with Iran and preparing foreign forces,
which pose a threat to the security of (P)GCC countries," Al Khalifa said
on Twitter, Sputnik reported.
The (P)GCC summit is scheduled to take place in December in
Kuwait. Earlier in October, Kuwaiti media reported that the meeting might be
postponed for half a year due to the lack of progress on settlement of the
ongoing diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf.
The Persian Gulf Cooperation Council is an alliance of the
Middle East countries, namely Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and
the United Arab Emirates, whose main goal is to foster economic and military
cooperation between the states.
Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has said in the air of
CBS Broadcaster that Persian Gulf states had entered into a confrontation with
Qatar due to its "independent" policy and these monarchies want a
regime change in Doha.
"They don't like our independence, the way how we are
thinking, our vision for the region… They want a regime change. It's… so
obvious," Al Thani said.
According to Al Thani, Qatar will not shut down Al Jazeera
broadcaster as it was demanded by the Persian Gulf states.
"We want freedom of speech for the people of the
region. And they're not happy with that. And so they think that this is a threat
to them… Our sovereignty is a red line. We don't accept anybody interfering our
sovereignty. When you tell me to close a channel like Al Jazeera, history will
write one day in 50, 60 or 70 years how it changed the whole idea of free
speech in the region… we're not gonna shut down Al Jazeera," Al Thani
Qatari Emir added that Doha wants to end this crisis,
however "nothing is gonna be above our [Qatari] dignity, our
In early June, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates,
Bahrain and Egypt cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing it of
supporting terrorism and meddling in their internal affairs. Kuwait, acting as
a mediator in the crisis, handed over to Doha an ultimatum containing 13
demands on behalf of the four states. The list included requests to sever
Qatar’s relations with Iran, close Turkey’s military base in Qatar and shut
down the Al Jazeera, as well as to end support for the Muslim Brotherhood.
Qatar has refuted all accusations and refused to comply with