Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said his country will not offer concessions that interfere with Qatar’s sovereignty [File: Naseem Zeitoon/Reuters]

Qatar’s foreign minister has said it was premature to talk about real progress with Saudi Arabia over the blockade but opening channels of communication between Doha and Riyadh was a step forward.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said it will take time to rebuild trust between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours after the two-and-a-half-year air, sea, and land blockade was imposed.

“We are still at a very early stage,” he said. “There is some progress … because we have [broken] the stalemate with the Saudis.”

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