Saudi Arabia says GCC dispute won't be solved unless "Doha changes its policies"
The GCC has been in disarray since Saudi, Bahrain and the UAE recalled their diplomatic envoys from Qatar. (AFP/File)
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Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said his country's ongoing diplomatic spat with Qatar is likely to be solved unless Doha changes its policies, the Saudi-owned Al Hayat newspaper reported Tuesday.
Al-Faisal said that the dispute - that came to a head when Saudi pulled its diplomatic envoys from Qatar - would not end "as long as Doha does not revise its policy," Reuters reported.
On March 5, three major Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries - Saudi, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain - all recalled their ambassadors from Doha. They accused of Doha failing to abide by a GCC treaty that states members will not interfere in each others' domestic affairs, according to Reuters.
Qatar's support for Islamist movement the Muslim Brotherhood has also caused tension, as its political ideology poses a challenge to the conservative dynastic rule of the Gulf monarchies.
At a private meeting between the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council states in Riyadh, a Saudi reportedly official threatened to close its border with Qatar.