Adel Tayari –TDO- French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Laudrian on Saturday (July 15th) began a Gulf tour that will take him to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.
A statement issued by the French Foreign Ministry earlier said that Paris encourages parties to the crisis in the Gulf to dialogue and non-escalation, and stresses the need to reach a political settlement. The French Foreign Minister said during a joint press conference with his Qatari Counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani in Doha that he sends a message of calm to the parties to the Gulf crisis, and he called for a quick solution to the crisis, stressing France's support for Kuwaiti mediation and Qatar's desire for constructive dialogue.
The French minister said that the measures taken by the countries of the blockade against Qatar negatively affect the lives of civilians, and efforts to combat terrorism, calling for a quick solution to the crisis. He also expressed his country's support for Kuwaiti mediation and efforts by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to resolve the crisis. He pointed out that Qatar is ready for dialogue on condition that respect for sovereignty, stressing that Doha is determined to combat terrorism and all its sources of funding. And he added
"we look forward to the visit of Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to France soon."