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Boris Johnson flies in to Qatar to sort out Gulf crisis

10 July 2017

Al Awwad explained that Qatar has supported accounts calling for demonstrations in Saudi Arabia on April 21 and on June 2, during Ramadan, "and luckily, these plots failed".

Meanwhile, Jarallah mentioned that his meeting with British Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt earlier was "positive" and "beneficial" for both sides, adding that it addressed the ongoing Gulf dispute and Britain's support of the Kuwaiti efforts to contain and end the dispute.

Qatar has announced the formation of a committee to pursue compensation potentially worth billions of dollars for damages stemming from the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Gulf crisis.

Mr Johnson said the UK was supporting Kuwait's efforts to broker a solution to the row which has seen Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar.

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Marri added that potential plaintiffs such as Qatar Airways, banks or individuals, including Qatari students, who have been expelled from the countries where they were studying, would be able to file claims over the "siege" in Qatari courts or those overseas, including in Paris and London.

Several countries, including the United States, have urged the Arab states to resolve their differences.

Next week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is also expected to travel to Kuwait to further push for a resolution to the rapidly escalating crisis. He is expected to visit Qatar and Kuwait during his trip.

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Boris Johnson flies in to Qatar to sort out Gulf crisis