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United Arab Emirates Anwar Gargash, Reuters

Ankara, Cairo, Dubai – Amid unfolding developments on the diplomatic crisis with Qatar, seeing three Gulf Cooperation Council states boycotting the peninsula, the Muslim World League announced the termination of the membership of Qatar-based Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi on Friday.

Arab nations that have isolated Qatar are not trying to escalate the crisis by their latest move – putting dozens of Qatar-linked people on terrorism blacklists, a senior UAE official said on Friday.

“I personally don’t see that we are in a policy that is aimed at escalation. The aim, as I see it, is to straighten an evil that has targeted the region,” Anwar Gargash, United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs, tweeted.

The top UAE diplomat said on Friday that the list issued on Thursday of 59 individuals and 12 organizations linked to terrorism gives Qatar a chance to change its policy.

The list is an opportunity for Qatar “to change direction away from petulance and escalation,” after the list of Qatar-linked “terrorists and terror groups” was issued by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, Gargash tweeted.

“The publishing of the ‘terrorism list’ is a chance for the brother (Qatar) to review its policy … it is a chance to change direction away from stubbornness and escalation.”

A solution can only be achieved “through diplomacy, not resort to ‘ally’ Turkish and Iranian, and the starting point addresses concerns of siblings about their security and stability targeted policy,” he added.

“Despite the difficulty of the crisis on the Gulf and its people, but in clear relief, it is difficult to deal with a partner in his duplicity to undermine world partners,” Gargash noted.

For his part, the foreign minister of Bahrain, one of the Arab countries to cut ties with Qatar, will visit Turkey on Saturday to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, which on Monday severed diplomatic relations with Doha, on Friday designated Qatar-affiliated people as terrorists.

Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa will be meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, as well as Erdogan to discuss the “latest developments in the region”, the ministry said in a statement.

A senior Turkish official said the Bahraini minister will spend four days in Istanbul.