UAE, Saudi, Bahraini, and Egyptian diplomats meet Russian State Duma Chairman

  • Tuesday 20, June 2017 in 1:14 PM
Sharjah24 – WAM: Diplomats from the UAE, Saudi, Bahrain, and Egypt, on Monday, met with Russian State Duma's International Affairs Committee Chairman, Leonid Slutsky, to brief him on the damage and losses suffered by their countries as a result of Qatar's support for terrorist groups.

First Secretary at the UAE Embassy in Russia, Mohamed Al Mansouri, the Bahraini Ambassador to Russia, Ahmed Al Sahaati, the Egyptian Ambassador to Russia, Dr. Mohammed Al Badri, and the Saudi Charge d'Affaires to Russia, Mohammed Al Shammari, also explained the political efforts made by their countries to discourage Doha's aggressive policies, and how lack of cooperation led to the decision by them to cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar to protect their national security and safety of their people's.

The four diplomats also said the current phase required concerted efforts by all states to condemn and combat terrorism at the global level.

The Russian parliamentarian said that his country enjoys distinguished relations with the four countries and welcomes consultation with their leaders on various issues of mutual interest.

He expressed his full understanding of the four countries concerns and the reasons that led them to adopt such a decision. He also called on Qatar to sit at the dialogue table with it's brothers to remove these fears and resolve the dispute peacefully between them.

Slutsky went on to say that the Riyadh agreement, signed by the Emir of Qatar in 2014, was a good basis for resolving the dispute that erupted and Qatar must abide by it.

He said that Russia was one of the first countries to fight terrorist groups, adding that it had blacklisted the terrorist 'Brotherhood' ten years ago because of the group's terrorist acts, and therefore supports the inclusion of this group on the prohibited list issued by the four countries.

Slutsky also suggested the exchange of information and lists between them and coordinate to fight terrorist groups and dry up their sources.