France calls for lifting of sanctions on Qatar citizens

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain accused Qatar of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist movement that has been the greatest challenge to Arab autocrats.

People in the United States who represent and advise the Saudi government have also not yet responded to Reuters' request for confirmation or comment.

"France should be a facilitator in the mediation" led by Kuwait, Le Drian told reporters.

"Combating terrorism also can not be through practising political and intellectual terrorism against a state", Sheikh Mohammed said. Other demands include shutting down Qatar's flagship Al-Jazeera network, cubring ties with Iran and expelling Turkish troops stationed in Qatar. Because the quartet was "a long way from political solution linked to Qatar to change its orientation", he said it would mean that "we have to find a different pattern of relationship".

On June 22, the four Arab nations urged Qatar to abide by a 13-point list of demands if it wanted the crippling blockade lifted, but the defiant Doha government has strongly refused to comply, calling the demands "unrealistic, unreasonable and unacceptable".

The visit comes after U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson worked to help solve the row earlier this week, as well as visits from British and German officials. In Qatar, he secured an agreement to enhance cooperation on combatting terrorism and terror financing.

"As to the Muslim Brotherhood, we've had sticking points with these parties ourselves, the USA, in terms of how we view the Muslim Brotherhood's activities", Tillerson said.

The Foreign Minister discussed with his French counterpart the latest developments in the GCC crisis and all the illegal measures taken against Qatar.

Qatar hosts some of the movement's prominent figures, including the spiritual leader and Egypt-born Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

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