France salutes Saudi role in fighting terrorism

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Report UAE Behind Hacking of Qatari Media

The four countries also expelled all Qatari nationals, impacting mixed-nationality families in the Gulf, students and people seeking medical treatment overseas, among others.

"France is calling for these measures to be lifted, especially ones that affect the (Qatari) population, specifically measures that impact bi-national families that have been separated", Le Drian said.

After his meeting with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Le Drian said, "France should be a facilitator in the mediation". Kuwait has been playing the role as a regional mediator since the rift erupted which marks the worst crisis in the GCC history since Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990. The Arab bloc cut ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting "extremism and terrorism", an allegation which Qatar denied.

The GCC members Kuwait and Oman have not cut ties with Qatar. The Gulf demands violate sovereignty.

Qatar, a country with a negligible soccer background or infrastructure, was a controversial victor of the right to host the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in November and December to minimise the impact of the desert state's harsh climate. The government has stepped in to help pay additional costs of shipping and has looked to its allies, like Turkey, for food imports.

The standoff has taken a toll on Qatar's economy.

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He concluded that France hopes to cooperate with Saudi Arabia in implementing Vision 2030. "In light of that, nothing will change and we must look to a different mode in relations", he added.

"As to the Muslim Brotherhood, we've had sticking points with these parties ourselves, the USA, in terms of how we view the Muslim Brotherhood's activities", Tillerson said.

Le Drian, who arrived in Qatar a few hours before the press conference, intends to begin a Persian Gulf tour aimed at defusing the unprecedented crisis through holding talks with leaders of the involved countries, particularly Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Qatar hosts al-Udeid Air Base, the largest US military installation in the Middle East and hub for USA -led operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. All three are considered allies of many Western nations.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino told Swiss website The Local that Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Mauritania, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt had collectively written to FIFA asking it to remove Qatar as hosts under Article 85 of the FIFA Code, which allows for such action in the case of emergency.

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