In an interview with Al Araby television, Qatar's foreign minister also said the country has no plans to normalise ties with the Syrian regime after its leader won a fourth term in an election derided as a farce.

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani at the presidential place in Baabda, Lebanon, February 9, 2021.
Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani at the presidential place in Baabda, Lebanon, February 9, 2021. (AP)

Qatar has held several rounds of talks with the United Arab Emirates to mend fences following an agreement to end an inter-Arab feud and there is a "positive vision" to overcome differences, the Qatari foreign minister said.

Saudi Arabia in January announced a deal to end the row in which the kingdom, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed all ties with Qatar in 2017 over accusations it supports "terrorism" – a charge that it denies.

Diplomats and regional sources have said Riyadh and Cairo were moving faster than the UAE and Bahrain to rebuild the relationship with Doha.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani told UK-based Al Araby television in an interview aired on Friday that it was natural for talks to have different paces.

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Positive headway on negotiations

He said there has been positive progress in talks with Saudi Arabia, which Qatar's emir visited recently, and with Egypt, where Sheikh Mohammed held talks last week. He said Qatar was discussing economic cooperation with both countries.

"With the UAE, the committees held several meetings ... and we sensed from the working teams a positive vision to overcome differences," the minister said.

He said the last round was held a few weeks ago and he was also in touch with Emirati officials.

"It could take some time to move past this difficult period," he added.

The UAE and Egypt oppose Qatari support for groups, like the Muslim Brotherhood, outlawed by all four states.

Asked whether the topic of the Brotherhood had been discussed with Egypt, Sheikh Mohammed said: "This file was not brought up as far as I know."

"We do not have many outstanding issues with Egypt and there is positive progress," he said without elaborating, while noting coordination between the two countries to secure a ceasefire brokered by Egypt in the Gaza City.

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Qatar rules out normalisation with Syria

Qatar has no plans to normalise ties with Syria, Sheikh Mohammed said, after Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad won a fourth term in office last week in an election derided by the opposition and the West as a farce.

Qatar was among several regional states including Saudi Arabia that backed rebels in Syria's decade-old civil war. Some like the United Arab Emirates have sought to normalise ties after Assad regained control of most of the country.

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"So far we see nothing on the horizon for a political solution acceptable to the Syrian people...the (regime's) approach and conduct has not changed," Sheikh Mohammed told Al Araby television .

"There is no motivation for us to re-establish ties with the Syrian regime at this time," Sheikh Mohammed said. "The Syrian regime is committing crimes against its people."

Source: TRTWorld and agencies