Tribune News Network – Doha :
Qatar will not join its Gulf Arab neighbours in establishing diplomatic relations with Israel until its conflict with the Palestinians is resolved, Assistant Foreign Minister HE Lolwah Rashid Al Khater has said.
According to the Bloomberg, Khater said there might soon be progress toward ending a three-year-old boycott of Qatar by the Arab quartet—the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Bahrain.
“We don’t think that normalization was the core of this conflict and hence it can’t be the answer,” Alkhater said.
“The core of this conflict is about the drastic conditions that the Palestinians are living under” as “people without a country, living under occupation.”
Talking about the blockade imposed by the quartet against Qatar, she said the mediation efforts, backed by Kuwait, haven’t yet reached a tipping point.
“In the past couple of months, there have been messages and messengers going back and forth,” she said.
“It’s very early to talk about a real breakthrough,” but “the coming few weeks might reveal something new,” she added.
Negotiations have moved beyond the 13 demands the boycotting states presented early on as a basis for any resolution, she said. These include shutting down Qatar’s state-funded Al-Jazeera TV.
“We’re beyond this point,” Alkhater said. “The point we are at is engaging constructively in unconditional negotiations and discussions” that “do not necessarily need to include all parties at once.”