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Qatar rules out normalising Israel ties

Qatar rules out normalising Israel ties

Tribune News Network
Doha
Qatar has ruled out establishing diplomatic relations with Israel until its conflict with the Palestinians is resolved, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Lolwah Al Khater has said.
“We don’t think that normalisation was the core of this conflict and hence it can’t be the answer,” Al Khater told Bloomberg.
“The core of this conflict is about the drastic conditions that the Palestinians are living under as people without a country, living under occupation,” she said.
Al Khater also suggested that there may soon be progress towards ending a three-year-old blockade of Qatar by regional states.
“The mediation efforts, backed by Kuwait, haven’t yet reached a tipping point,” Al Khater said.
“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 blockading states presented early on as a basis for any resolution, she said. These include shutting down Al Jazeera TV.
“We’re beyond this point,” Al Khater 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.”