Qatar rejects Mecca talks outcome

Qatar rejects Mecca talks outcome

Qatar's foreign minister said on Sunday that Doha rejectedthe outcome of the recent Mecca talks on mounting regional tensions with Iranas it had not been properly consulted.

Saudi Arabia hosted three summits in the holy city over theweekend critical of Iran after King Salman warned that "terrorist"attacks in the Gulf region could imperil global energy supplies.

"The statements of the Gulf and Arab summits were readyin advance and we were not consulted on them," Mohammed bin AbdulrahmanAl-Thani told the Al-Araby broadcaster.

"Qatar has reservations on the Arab and Gulf summitsbecause some of their terms are contrary to Doha's foreign policy."

Tehran has strongly denied involvement in recent attacks onoil infrastructure and regional shipping — incidents that prompted Riyadh toconvene the three crisis summits.

In a tweet just before the start of the summit, the kingvowed to confront "aggressive threats and subversive activities".

Qatar is the subject of a two-year Saudi-led economicembargo including bans on direct air, land and sea travel between theboycotting nations and Qatar, as well sanctions.

The alliance, which also includes Bahrain, Egypt and theUnited Arab Emirates, accuses Qatar of supporting Islamist movements and Iran— claims it denies.

But Doha has looked to Tehran to ease its economicisolation, sourcing key imports from Iran and re-routing many flights by itsflag carrier Qatar Airways over the Islamic republic.

"We hoped the Mecca summits would lay the groundworkfor dialogue to reduce tensions with Iran," the foreign minister added incomments reposted on Twitter by his ministry.

"The Mecca summit ignored the important issues in theregion, such as the Palestine issue and the war in Libya and Yemen."

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