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Posted On: 10 September 2020 12:00 pm
Updated On: 20 October 2020 03:56 pm

Three year Qatar blockade could be over 'in weeks' -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 169

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Have you missed the most important political stories of this week on the GCC crisis? Scroll all the way down to get the updates on the latest developments in the ongoing Gulf crisis.

And here's what happened last week: GCC Crisis Updates Week 168.

9 September 2020

Three year Qatar blockade could be over 'in weeks': US

There may be progress made within the next few weeks to end the blockade of Qatar by its neighbouring countries: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar that has been ongoing for the last three years, said a senior US State Department official said on Wednesday, after citing some signs of "flexibility" in the negotiations, as published by Al Jazeera on its website.

However, the US State Department's David Schenker also cautioned the public and told them that there hadn't been any kind of basic shift in the talks that can help to lead to towards a resolution.

Schenker told a virtual event that was hosted by the Brookings Institute:

"I don't want to get into the whole diplomacy in it but there is some movement. I would like to say that it's going to be a matter of weeks.
"There's not been a fundamental shift that ... we're going to push the door open right now. But in our talks we're detecting a little bit more flexibility, so we're hoping we can bring the sides closer together and end this ... distraction.
"These are two sides that are dug in ... and yet there is a recognition that this is a distraction from Iran." (Al Jazeera)

Schenker also said that US President Donald Trump and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were also involved in the efforts to end the GCC Crisis.

Source: Al Jazeera

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