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QATAR FM SAYS EARLY TALKS WITH SAUDI ARABIA HAVE BROKEN STALEMATE

Qatar's foreign minister said recent talks have broken a protracted stalemate with Saudi Arabia and that Doha would studying demands by its Gulf rivals but not turn its back on ally Turkey.

The 2-1/2-year row between U.S.-allied Arab states saw Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and trade links with Qatar over claims it backs terrorism. Doha denies the charge and says the embargo undermines its sovereignty.

"We have broken the stalemate of non-communication to starting a communication with the Saudis," Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told CNN on Sunday.

Source: National News Agency

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