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As long as occupation remains, Abraham Accords won’t produce peace, Qatar FM says

Normalization agreements between Arabs and Israelis will not solve the Middle East peace crisis, said Qatar's Foreign Minister.

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar’s foreign minister, said on Wednesday that normalization agreements between Arabs and Israelis will not solve the Middle East peace crisis. The Qatari FM’s statement came during the second day of the Global Security Forum, which was hosted in Doha.

The Qatari foreign minister emphasized that the regional peace process has no horizon, and that the Abraham Accords between Arab countries and Israel will not help to resolve the situation.

“We do not see any prospects for the peace process, and therefore, we believe that the Abraham Accords cannot contribute to resolving the crisis,” Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said.

“We should not focus on economic normalization and forget the occupation of Arab lands,” he added.

Last year, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed agreements to improve relations with Israel that were backed by the US. Sudan and Morocco were quick to follow suit.

The Qatari minister also stressed that his country’s ties with the US “extend for decades.”

“We have strong relations with various American administrations, and even with the administration of Trump,” he said, adding that the tie between two “is important for security and stability in the Gulf region.”

Sheikh Mohammed commented on the situation in Afghanistan, saying that his country “has engaged with the Taliban and Washington with the aim of reaching solutions to the situation in Afghanistan.”

Doha is a “neutral mediator and has maintained its neutrality and good relations with the various Afghan sides.” “We should not view Afghanistan as an arena for competition, but rather a cooperative approach must be adopted by various international parties,” he said.

In terms of the Gulf relations, the Qatari minister said, “there was no winner in the Gulf crisis, but rather we wasted three years, and that the real victory was only when the Al-Ula agreement was signed.”

“It is in our interest that the nuclear agreement with Iran returns to what it was in order to avoid a nuclear race in the region,” Qatar’s foreign minister told about Iran.

Furthermore, Sheikh Mohammed praised Saudi-Iranian talks adding “We encourage the positive momentum that is taking place between Iran and Saudi Arabia.”

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