The latest developments since several countries, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, cut ties with Qatar on June 5. (All times local Doha time).
08 July 2017
10:35pm – UK’s top diplomat meets Qatar’s Emir
- Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary of the United Kingdom, has met Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at Al Bahr palace in Doha.
- Among other topics, the two discussed the Gulf crisis as well as ways to enhance counter-terrorism cooperation between Qatar and the UK, according to Qatar’s state news agency.
9:15pm – UK’s foreign secretary arrives in Doha
- British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has arrived in Qatar’s capital in an effort to mediate in the Gulf crisis.
- He was met late on Saturday by Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.
9:10pm – Erdogan criticises anti-Qatar measures
- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticised the sanctions against Qatar at a news conference on Saturday after the G20 meeting in Hamburg.
- He said that allegations against Qatar are unfair and provocation in the Gulf region should be avoided.
- Erdogan stressed that the countries involved in the standoff should work towards a reasonable solution of the conflict.
- British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrived in Kuwait on Saturday to support the country’s mediation in the Gulf dispute.
- Johnson planned to meet Kuwait’s foreign minister and other senior leaders, following talks on Friday with officials from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, his office said.
- “The UK strongly supports Kuwait’s mediation efforts and the foreign secretary will pay tribute to the work of the Emir of Kuwait,” it said in a statement.
- Johnson’s talks in Kuwait would be followed by similar meetings with senior leaders in Qatar later on Saturday.