Qatar rules out normalising Israel ties Sep 16, 2020 0 5079 12345 Tribune News NetworkDohaQatar 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.” RELATED ARTICLES Mask a must even if life returns to normal: Dr Al Maslamani Sep 16, 2020 0 1444 Nidaa Miqdam Exercise concludes Sep 16, 2020 0 8894 Doha committed to Arab peace plan: Qatar’s envoy to US Sep 16, 2020 0 9144 Window between prayer call and Fajr and Asr prayers increased Tribune News Network Doha With the prayers in mosques returning to normal gradually, the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has increased the waiting time between the call to prayer and the Iqamah for Fajr and Asr .. ‘Continuation of unjust blockade encourages more violations’ The continuation of the unjust blockade imposed on Qatar by some countries in the region with no signs of solutions in sight would encourage more violations of different kinds and methods, Permanent Representative of .. Qatar-US 2021 Year of Culture to promote intercultural dialogue QNA Doha Qatar Museums (QM) on Tuesday announced that the US will be the official partner nation for the 2021 Year of Culture. A cooperative agreement was signed between Qatar and the US during the 2020 Qatar-United States .. Qatar, US to collaborate on research, cultural & educational exchanges Ailyn Agonia Doha Qatar and the US have announced landmark collaborations among its top institutions including a joint research mission on water detection between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration .. Israel, UAE and Bahrain sign US-brokered normalisation deals The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have signed agreements to normalise relations with Israel. US President Donald Trump on Tuesday hosted a White House ceremony capping a dramatic month when first the UAE and then ..