Qatar’s Ambassador to Turkey said that calls to cut defensive ties with Turkey is an ‘obvious intervention of internal affairs’.
“This is against all international law and norms” said Salem bin Mubarak Al-Shafi in a written statement about the demand to close the Turkish base.
“The closure of this base and demanding that our defense relations with Turkey be interrupted would be an obvious intervention of our internal affairs, infringement of our sovereignty rights, and the assumption of tutelage over us”, he said.
Al Shafi said, “The Qatar State is an active member in all platforms for combating terrorism politically, financially, and in military. The same goes for the international coalition led by the US in the fight against Daesh”.
The four Arab states severed ties with Qatar after accusing it of backing terrorism and imposed an embargo, however, Doha denied all such allegation and said it was committed to fight terrorism.
About the blockade, he said, “We cannot enter into dialogue on our sovereignty, our independence, and anything that touches our free decision.
“The majority of the international community and world countries, including the major countries (USA, Germany, France, England, Russia etc.), have rejected the unlawful so-called practice of the UAE against Qatari state”