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United Arab Emirates’ Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Mohammed Gargash attends a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting in Riyadh March 12, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

London, Dubai – UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash reiterated that Qatar’s way out of the current crisis is based on the 13 demands presented by the countries fighting terrorism, urging Doha to come to Riyadh willing to negotiate the crisis with the quartet.

Gargash stated in a series of tweets on Tuesday that the sovereignty slogans raised by Qatar at the beginning of the crisis are insufficient, adding: “I wished Qatar had a wiser management for the crisis.”

He went on, “Qatar’s arrogant stance accuses UAE of starting the campaign against it”, stating that Qatar is burning bridges with its neighbors and is relying on external influences to mediate the crisis, which will result in deepening the crisis.

Gargash wondered about the reason for publicizing Hajj season and the shameful media coverage of Awamiyah incidents in Saudi Arabia.

Gargash said in another tweet that it was unfortunate “when illusions dominate realities”.

The Minister referred to unnamed media outlets broadcasting messages that are “not befitting of the environment of a hereditary monarchy, which has to tolerate it.”

Speaking about Leader of Sadrist Movement Muqtada Sadr’s visit to UAE, Garqash said that the promising actions of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman along with UAE and Bahrain towards Iraq is the perfect example of the great influence Gulf states have once they unite their goals.

He also said that Shiekh Mohammed bin Zayed received Sadr as part of Gulf communicating with Iraq, adding that UAE wants to see Iraq a united stable state.

Meanwhile, Qatar’s foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said on Tuesday it will take a lot of time to rebuild any trust between sparring Gulf countries because of the region’s continuing diplomatic crisis.

“Qatar has always been one of the founders of the GCC organization and we still consider that this has a great importance for all of us in the region,” he told reporters.

Speaking about GCC, the Minister said that this organization has been built on a strategical security and on trust, however, he added that unfortunately with the crisis, trust is missing, but hoped it will be restored.