U.A.E. Casts Doubt on Ending Two-and-a-Half-Year Rift With Qatar

(Bloomberg) -- The crisis with Qatar “continues,” a top United Arab Emirates official said after high-level Qatari participation at a Riyadh summit led to speculation that the regional rift could come to an end.

“I am convinced that every crisis has an end, and sincere and sustainable solutions are in the interest of the region,” U.A.E. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter. “The absence of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad from the Riyadh summit was due to poor judgment.”

Qatar sent its prime minister to an annual gathering of Gulf rulers that is usually attended by the monarchs. The attendance was nonetheless seen as a step forward in a 30-month spat between Qatar and four Arab nations led by Saudi Arabia.

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