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Four Arab countries say ready for Qatar dialogue with conditions

FOUR ARAB COUNTRIES SAY READY FOR QATAR DIALOGUE WITH CONDITIONS

Four Arab countries boycotting Qatar are ready for dialogue to ease the dispute if Doha agrees to certain demands, Bahrain's foreign minister said on Sunday after a meeting with his counterparts.

Four Arab states imposing a blockade on Qatar said they were ready to engage in a dialogue with Doha if the Gulf country agrees to certain demands.

The new development comes following a meeting of the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in the Bahraini capital Manama on Sunday.

"The four countries are ready for dialogue with Qatar with the condition that it announces its sincere willingness to stop funding terrorism and extremism and its commitment to not interfere in other countries' foreign affairs and respond to the 13 demands," Bahrain Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said in a joint statement.

Last month, the four countries severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

They also imposed a land, sea and air blockade on Doha and presented a list of demands for Qatar, including the closure of the pan-Arab Al Jazeera television.

Qatar denies the accusations and contends the blockade violates international law.

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