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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (L), UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan (C-L), Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (C-R), and Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa meet to discuss the diplomatic situation with Qatar, in Cairo, Egypt, July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Khaled Elfiqi

Dubai, London- UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar al-Gargash has said the seriousness of the Cairo quadruple conference indicates that the crisis will be extended, adding it will damage Qatar, its position and reputation.

Gargash said following the joint news conference held by foreign ministers of anti-terrorism states – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain – that the official Qatari response deserved the neglect it received at the conference, stressing “the goal is greater than wrangling polemics over materials that changes Doha’s orientation in its incitement and support for extremism and terrorism.”

In his tweet, he considered that the Cairo meeting is another significant step in confronting Doha’s support to extremism and terrorism.

He added that the next steps will increase the isolation of Qatar, and “its position will be with Iran and many terrorist organizations.”

He also wondered in the same context about the wisdom of such complacency with extremism and terrorism.

“The Cairo meeting is the beginning of a difficult and necessary road, a path that saves Qatar from its illusions and sins – Qatari policy that supports extremism and terrorism cannot continue,” Gargash added.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said on Wednesday “We welcome any serious efforts to resolve our differences with our neighbors.”

He added that these countries should not expect Qatar to take the first step, stressing that his country would not show complacency in the region’s security.

The Qatari FM said that suspending the state’s membership in the Gulf Cooperation Council GCC is unlikely since such a decision can’t be taken but in consensus.