UAE Says Demands on Qatar Were ‘Maximalist’ Negotiating Position

The Saudi-led bloc’s 13 demands on Qatar made more than three years ago to end a Gulf standoff were a “maximalist negotiating position,” a United Arab Emirates minister said Tuesday, as the Arab quartet agreed to fully restore ties.

“This is something that we have always said -- that the 13 demands, at the time, were considered, what I would call, a maximalist negotiating position,” Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told CNN in an interview.

His spoke after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt agreed to rebuild links with Qatar after the Gulf Cooperation Council summit of regional leaders.

“I think what we end up today with is general outlines that basically govern relations between states that are party to the same organization,” Gargash said, referring to the GCC. “These are what I would call general outlines of how this relationship will move on and I think we’re very satisfied with this and we want to build on it.”

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