"We are not ready to surrender", Qatar's foreign minister says

Elias Hubbard
Июня 9, 2017

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Gulf states could resolve the row with Qatar among themselves without outside help.

"Regarding the reasons for this escalation, honestly, we don't know if there were real reasons for this crisis or whether it was based on things we're unaware of", Sheikh Mohammed was quoted as saying during an interview with Al Jazeera.

A top Emirati diplomat said Wednesday "there's nothing to negotiate" with Qatar over a growing diplomatic dispute about the energy-rich nation's alleged funding of terror groups, signaling Arab countries trying to isolate it won't back down.

The fake news story was apparently aimed at further escalating tensions in Qatar's ongoing diplomatic crisis.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, his son, became Qatar's ruling emir in 2013, but Sheikh Hamad still looms large in the tight, insular world of Qatari ruling family politics.

Hoping that the Kuwaiti emir will calm the climate of exaltation among the four member states of the bloc founded in 1981, Qatari officials highlighted the important role that Al-Sabah played in a similar rivalry unleashed in March 2014.

He said Qatar, as an independent nation, also had the right to support groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, despite the fact that its neighbors outlawed the Sunni Islamist organization.

And he was even tougher on media reports suggesting Qatar supports the Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels fighting the internationally recognised government in Yemen.

Chad, a predominantly Muslim country, joins the West African nations of Senegal and Mauritania, which have also recalled their ambassadors from Qatar. The report was widely picked up by regional media outlets, which continued circulating it after Qatar's denial.

"We in Qatar and the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim look up to him as a father and respect his desire to postpone any speech or step until the crisis has a clearer picture".

Soccer's world governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association has said it remains in regular contact with Qatar, which will host the 2022 World Cup.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain have suspended all flights to and from Doha and closed off sea and air links to Qatar.

However, the Qatari foreign minister downplayed the likelihood of military conflict.

Sheikh Mohammed said Qatar could nonetheless survive "forever", adding that it respected global agreements and would continue supplying liquefied natural gas to the UAE.

In a statement issued on Wednesday about preliminary results of its ongoing probe, the ministry said the hacking operation exploited a "cyber-bug" in the website of Qatar News Agency (QNA).

Investigation team identified sources through which the cyber-attack was carried out, interior ministry says. Sheikh Sabah earlier Wednesday traveled to Dubai where he met with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also serves as prime minister and vice president of the UAE.

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