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On Qatar vs GCC & Egypt, ICP Asks UN If Feltman Visited Saudi & If Not, Why Not

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, July 7 – As the stand-off between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the rest of the GCC and Egypt continues, the UN announced that its Jeffrey Feltman was visiting countries in the region, but did not list Saudi Arabia. On July 7, Inner City Press asked the UN's holdover spokesman Stephane Dujarric, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: on Jeffrey Feltman's diplomacy, when you… when you listed the countries he's been to, there was… has he been to more countries since then than the ones you said?  I'm specifically asking about Saudi Arabia.

Spokesman:  I don't have a full itinerary.  Mr. Feltman is back… he is in Germany when he's currently briefing the Secretary-General on his… on his trip.

Inner City Press: I've heard that he asked to go to Saudi Arabia and was not for some reason permitted.  Is there some…

Spokesman:  I'm not aware.  I'm not aware.

  And in the hours since, nothing. Back on June 15 Inner City Press asked UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric about Qatar pulling its troops out from between Eritrea and Djiibouti - and Dujarric answered about Ethiopia, see below. On June 17, an expert on Qatar's Al Jazeera said the Moroccan offer to mediate "wasn't taken seriously," which when Inner City Press quoted it, pro-Morocco trolls went crazy. Here's that quote, Vine Camera here, and here's the UN's June 15 transcript (video here): Inner City Press: on Qatar, they've announced that they're pulling out of their role on the border between Djibouti and Eritrea, where they've had… which is something the UN has worked on in the past.  And I… they… it seems pretty clearly tied to this standoff with the other Gulf countries.  Do you have any comment on that?  Do you anticipate Qatar pulling back from the role it's played in Darfur?  Is there any interplay between the… the… their… their… these diplomatic initiatives and, in the case of Djibouti and Eritrea, the actual imposition of troops between two belligerents?

Spokesman:  No specific comment on the issue between Ethiopia and Eritrea.  I mean, I think, as we've said, the Secretary-General has been following this closely.  He's been in touch with various parties, including the Deputy Prime Minister of Kuwait, and is very much supportive of Kuwait's diplomatic efforts.  I think it's important that the subregion regains its unity.  The disunity we're seeing, it serves the purpose… serves no one.  Go ahead.

Inner City Press: Djibouti.  I just want… I wanted to just be clear.  I'm asking about Eritrea.

Spokesman:  Eritrea.  I'm sorry.  I misspoke.  Yeah.

  The veneer that Al Jazeera was not Qatar state TV has been ripped off, with self serving reports from, for example, Georgetown Doha We'll have more on this.


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