France urged to cancel sanctions against Qatar

MOSCOW, 15 Nov — RIA Novosti. France urged to cancel sanctions against Qatar, which affect the population of the country, in an effort to reduce tension between the countries of the Persian Gulf, reports Reuters.

“France calls for as soon as possible the lifting of the measures that affect the population, particularly families whose members are from different countries and who were divided, or students,” said Minister of foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian, during a visit to Doha.

Earlier it was reported that Le Drian is going to visit Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE and “to collect the point of view of countries and to contribute to the French settlement, initiated by Kuwait, which receives full support” of France.

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt in early June, broke off diplomatic relations with Doha and stopped with Qatar every message, accusing him of supporting terrorism and interference in their internal Affairs. The decision was later joined by several other States. Kuwait to mediate in resolving the conflict.

Later, the Arab countries issued an ultimatum to Qatar, calling for a 10-day deadline to agree to meet the requirements of the neighbors. The ultimatum contains 13 claims, including a downgrading of diplomatic and military relations with Iran, the closure of Turkish military bases in the country, stopping funding for terrorist organizations, non-interference in the internal Affairs of Arab countries support the opposition figures, as well as the closure of all satellite television network “al Jazeera”.

Qatar has rejected accusations from its Arab neighbors and stated that their demands are unrealistic and cannot be fulfilled, and violate its sovereignty.