The Kingdom’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Sunday (10 September), in a joint news conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Qatar needs to show seriousness and clarity in finding a solution to the Gulf crisis.
The Saudi Minister Al-Jubeir said “We want clarity in the Qatari position, we want seriousness in finding a solution to this crisis that leads to the implementation of principles which all countries support: No supporting terrorism, no welcoming unwanted guests, no spreading hate, no intervention in others’ affairs.”
“The support for terror that Qatar is providing is rejected by all countries. Doha must respond to the list of demands so that we can turn a new page,” Al-Jubeir added. He stated that there is a Saudi-Russian concern to coordinate in the face of the Qatari crisis. “Qatar has learned what is required of it, and we want to see a serious desire to find a solution to the crisis,” he said.
Al-Jubeir insured that the crisis would continue until Qatar stops supporting terrorism and hosting wanted persons.
They also discussed the planned de-escalation zones in Syria and unification of the Syrian opposition.
“The Kingdom supports the creation of de-escalation zones and looks forward to starting a political process that will end the Syrian crisis,” Al-Jubeir said.
Sergei Lavrov highlighted that these zones will contribute to solving the crisis through the elimination of terrorism risks to pursue comprehensive political operations. He added that his country supports the Saudi efforts to unify the Syrian oppositions to one group while stressing that Syrians are the one who will decide the destiny of their country.
Al-Jubeir highlighted that the two sides discussed counterterrorism coordination while hailing the stand of Russia on the Yemeni crisis. He added that Saudi Arabia and Russia share the same stands about regional issues. He also said that Trump Administration is striving to come up with new ideas to give a push to the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.
Sergei Lavrov added, “We call on the Quartet to coordinate with the UN in solving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.” He stressed that there are no differences between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Al-Jubeir stressed that Riyadh and Moscow support the Iraqi government in confronting Daesh (the so-called IS). He said the main goals are in conformity between Riyadh and Moscow with regard to Syria, Yemen and Libya. He confirmed that the Kingdom and Russia are keen to combat terrorism of all forms.
Sergei Lavrov arrived in Jeddah on Sunday (10 September). He was received at King Abdul Aziz International Airport by Al-Jubeir, and a number of officials.