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Saudi says crisis with Qatar won't be solved unless Doha changes policy

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 - 11:58am IST | Agency: Reuters

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said the political crisis with Qatar is unlikely to be solved "as long as Doha does not revise its policy," the Saudi-owned Al-Hayat newspaper cited him as saying on Tuesday.

In an unprecedented move within the Gulf Cooperation Council of allied hereditary monarchies, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from Qatar on March 5, accusing Doha of failing to abide by an accord not to interfere in each others' internal affairs.

The three GCC states are angry at Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist movement whose ideology challenges the principle of conservative dynastic rule long dominant in the Gulf.

(Writing by Rania El Gamal; editing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by John Stonestreet)

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