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Saudi-Qatar crisis unlikely to be solved: Saudi FM
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Faisal99.jpgThe political crisis between Saudi Arabia and Qatar is unlikely to be contained unless Doha changes its policy, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said in remarks published on Tuesday.
Faisal told pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper that the crisis is unlikely to be solved “as long as Doha does not alter its policy.”
The minister added, in response to a question from the newspaper, that there will be "no American mediation to put an end to the crisis."
U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to visit Riyadh at the end of March.
Faisal, however, said that “if Qatar, which caused the crisis, revises its policy, there will be a breakthrough.”
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar earlier this month in an unprecedented split between the Persian Gulf Arab allies who have fallen out over political violence shaking the Middle East.
The three states are angry at Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist movement whose ideology challenges the principle of conservative dynastic rule long dominant in the Persian Gulf.
Saudi Arabia has also demanded that Doha shut down the Qatari-owned television station Al Jazeera, an informed source said.
Riyadh also called for the closure of two think-tanks based in Qatar, the Brookings Doha Center and the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies.

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