Qatari foreign minister calls Saudi-led alliance’s ‘measures’ ‘an act of aggression’
Qatar’s Overseas Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani. PHOTO: REUTERS
DOHA: Qatar on Monday demanded neighbouring states raise their “blockade” of the emirate as a pre-situation for disaster talks, even because the United Arab Emirates (UAE) warned its isolation might final years.
Overseas Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani referred to as measures imposed towards Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and others “an act of aggression”.
“We now have to make it very clear for everybody, negotiations have to be completed in a civilised approach and will have a strong foundation and never underneath strain or underneath blockade,” he advised reporters in Doha.
“Qatar beneath blockade – there isn’t any negotiation. They need to raise the blockade,” stated Sheikh Mohammed.
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“Till now we didn’t see any progress about lifting the blockade, which is the pre-situation for something to maneuver ahead,” he added.
On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies minimize all diplomatic ties with Qatar, pulling their ambassadors from the fuel-wealthy emirate and giving its residents a two-week deadline to go away their territory.
The measures additionally included closing Qatar’s solely land border, banning its planes from utilizing their airspace and barring Qatari nationals from transiting by way of their airports.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain and others accuse Qatar of supporting and funding “terrorism” and of working with regional rival Iran, fees Doha firmly denies.
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Requested if the last word purpose of the Gulf nations was to implement regime change, the overseas minister replied: “Nobody is able of imposing regime change on this nation, including, “Our system right here is predicated on a consensus between the individuals and its ruler.”
Sheikh Mohammed’s demand got here as a UAE state minister warned Qatar’s diplomatic isolation might “final years”.
“We don’t need to escalate, we need to isolate,” state minister for overseas affairs Anwar Gargash advised journalists in Paris. “This isolation can take years.”
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Gargash stated that whereas Qatar’s rivals have been “betting on time”, an answer couldn’t be brokered till it deserted its help for “extremist Islamists”.
“They’ve constructed a classy podium for jihadism and Islamic extremism,” he stated, including, “They help teams linked to al Qaeda in Syria, Libya… and in Yemen. This state is weaponising jihadists and Islamists, it’s utilizing this as a weapon of affect.”
Sheikh Mohammed stated Qatar had not acquired any calls for from the Gulf states or from nations looking for a diplomatic answer, together with Kuwait, the USA, France and Britain, because the battle dragged into its third week.
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