Gabriel said it was important to prevent any "further escalation" and that Germany was willing to help with any negotiations, noting that other diplomatic efforts were already being made by the U.S., Kuwait and others, and that he was "optimistic" they would be able to organize talks.
Qatar meanwhile pledged those nations' citizens will have "complete freedom" to stay in the energy-rich country. Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khaled Al Sabah said in a statement carried by the state-run KUNA news agency Sunday that unity among Gulf Arab countries "was paramount to the people of the region".
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has suggested Tillerson, who as Exxon Mobil's CEO had business with Qatar, as a possible mediator for the dispute. Turkey also has chose to send troops to a base it maintains in Qatar in a sign of support.
The statement added that the position of the four governments comes also as a result of "Qatar's actions in contravention of its (previous) commitments include: supporting and harboring elements and organizations that threaten the National security of other States". It was published in the Official Gazette on Friday.
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That's eight short of a majority, and she can now govern only with the support of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party . Owen Paterson, a senior Conservative lawmaker, said "let's see how it pans out", when asked about May's future.
Last week, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Qatar after accusing it of funding terror groups, besides imposing a land, sea and air blockade.
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Regardless, the alleged comments are just a small part of a much deeper rift, which stems from Qatar's support for regional Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as its relatively warm ties with Iran-with which it shares the world's largest natural gas deposit.
Gabriel said personal talks this week with his counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey and phone calls with the foreign ministers of Iran and Kuwait underscored his concerns.
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