Progress on Qatar crisis possible, Britain says in talks with Saudis

People exchange money from an exchange house in Doha Qatar

People exchange money from an exchange house in Doha Qatar

On Thursday, the four nations slammed Qatar's response, relayed by Kuwait, saying Doha's refusal to accept their demands was proof that the tiny rich Gulf nation is linked to terror groups.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain broke ties with Qatar early last month.

The official said Qatar is willing to cooperate with mediation efforts "and review all claims that do not contradict with the sovereignty of the State of Qatar".

Riyadh- A few hours after the countries calling for combating terrorism accused Qatar of thwarting Kuwait's efforts to solve the worsening crisis between the four states and Doha, the United States and Britain began new efforts to urge all parties to support Kuwaiti mediation efforts.

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It will be followed by similar meetings with senior leaders in Qatar later on Saturday, according to Johnson's office.

Mr Johnson will also travel to Qatar for meetings with the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, along with the Gulf state's prime minister and foreign minister.

On June 8, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt issued a joint press release in which they designated 59 individuals and 12 organisations of differing nationalities, including Qatar Charity and Eid Charity, as "terrorist". It is refusing to shutter Al-Jazeera, one of its best-known brands, and sees the ultimatum as an affront to its sovereignty.

Suez Canal chairman Mohab Mamish, a retired navy admiral, said in a statement Friday that the canal authorities are abiding by the government's severing relations with Qatar.

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Around 10 percent of the world's trade flows through the waterway, which links the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, allowing vessels to avoid sailing around Africa.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrived Friday in Jeddah to discuss a solution to the crisis, maintaining the unity of Gulf states and facing common threats, represented in extremism and terrorism.

They vowed to "take all necessary political, economic and legal measures" against Qatar in a "timely manner". They did not specify what those steps could include, though officials have previously suggested they could intensify efforts to isolate Qatar economically.

The top British diplomat expressed anxiety at the crisis between Qatar and a Saudi Arabia-led alliance of Arab countries, saying the blockade imposed on Doha is "unwelcome" and the parties need to resolve it through dialogue.

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