Published: Fri, June 09, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

We are not ready to surrender: Qatar Foreign Minister

We are not ready to surrender: Qatar Foreign Minister

On Monday, five Arab countries - Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen - cut ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

"There can not ever be a military solution to this problem", he said.

However, Sheikh Mohammad told AP that Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani would not leave the country as long as it was subjected to an embargo.

Qatar's foreign minister Thursday rejected interference in his country's foreign policy, ruling out a military solution to a crisis which has seen Riyadh and its allies cut ties with Doha.

The foreign minister pointed to the campaign that was aimed at Qatar in Western capitals and the United States, expressing regret that some GCC ambassadors are carrying out a campaign of incitement and distortion of Qatar's reputation contrary to the basic charter of GCC and the social cord between GCC states.

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Asked if Qatar could say anything to reassure its Gulf opponents, Ghobas replied: "It is true it will be hard in the long run if they agree to sign another document and then decide to drag it out for many months or years and to continue to fund extremist groups".

"We are an independent country with sovereignty and we refuse any custody over Qatar", he said, speaking at the ministry of foreign affairs.

"We have been isolated because we are successful and progressive... This dispute is threatening the stability of the entire region".

Qatar's foreign minister said that the country doesn't see military solution as an option to the Gulf crisis. It questions whether other more traditional Gulf monarchies are interested in Middle East peace and points to the hypocrisy of Saudi Arabia, given widespread accusations that it too is a funding source for Islamist jihadis. They are taking a bet.

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