Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has said talks with blockading neighbours have moved ‘from a stalemate’ [File: Andreas Gebert/Reuters]

Qatar’s foreign minister has said he hopes for “progress” in the efforts to resolve the Gulf diplomatic crisis following talks with Saudi Arabia, adding that the parties have “moved from a stalemate” in the two-year dispute.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani made the comments on Friday while speaking at a foreign policy conference in Rome amid signs of thawing tensions between Qatar and its neighbours. 

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Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, along with Egypt, imposed a land, air and sea blockade on Qatar and cut off diplomatic ties with it in June 2017, accusing Doha of supporting “terrorism”. Qatar has repeatedly denied the accusations.

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