Defiant Qatar Rejects Interference as Gulf Crisis Grows

تم نشره في Wed 7 June / Jun 2017. 11:00 PM
  • Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani speaks to an AFP reporter in Doha, on June 8, 2017 - (AFP)

DOHA — Qatar's foreign minister rejected attempts to interfere in the country's foreign policy on Thursday, defying calls from the emirate's Gulf neighbours despite an escalating crisis.

In an interview with AFP, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said calls for a change in Qatari policy from Saudi Arabia and its allies, which cut diplomatic ties with Doha this week, were unacceptable.

"No one has the right to intervene in our foreign policy," Sheikh Mohammed said.

He also rejected "a military solution as an option" to resolving the crisis, and said Qatar could survive "forever" despite the measures taken against it.

The sheikh's remarks came as efforts intensified to resolve the feud pitting Saudi Arabia and allied Arab nations against Qatar.

As Kuwait's emir shuttled between Gulf capitals for talks, US President Donald Trump offered to host a White House meeting if necessary, in a change of heart from his initial support for the Saudi-led boycott.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain lead a string of countries that this week cut ties with Qatar over what they say is the emirate's financing of extremist groups and its ties to Iran, Saudi Arabia's regional arch-rival.

Qatar strongly denies the allegations and has expressed a willingness to engage in talks to resolve the crisis.

(AFP)

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