UAE's Gargash says Qatar isolation could last for year


PARIS, June 19 (Reuters) - A senior United Arab Emirates
(UAE) official said on Monday Qatar's powerful Arab neighbours
could continue to isolate it "for years" if it did not change
course in its policy of supporting extremists and jihadist
    Speaking to a small group of reporters in Paris, Anwar
Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said a list
of grievances Arab nations had with Qatar would be completed in
the next few days,and that Doha needed to move beyond its state
of "denial".
    "The Kuwaiti mediation will be very useful and there will be
demands coming. Qatar will realise that this is a new state of
affairs and isolation can last years," Gargash said.
    "If they want to be isolated because of their perverted view
of what their political role is then let them be isolated."
    Qatar denies fomenting instability in the Middle East and
funding terrorism.
    Gargash also urged Turkey, which has been supportive of
Qatar, to remain balanced in the crisis and understand that it
was in its interest to support Arab efforts.

 (Reporting by John Irish; editing by Richard Lough)
 ((john.irish@thomsonreuters.com; 0033-1 49 49 53 42;))


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