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Qatari FM Dismisses Dialogue With Siege Nations If It Comes At The Expense Of Qatar’s Sovereignty

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HE Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani reiterated that any dialogue with the siege countries will not be entertained at the expense of the sovereignty of the State of Qatar.

Speaking on Monday as he laid out the foreign policy of the State of Qatar before the Advisory Council, the minister stressed that the siege nations have violated all articles of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Charter, reiterating the importance of having a clear and binding mechanism to settle GCC conflicts.

Al Thani described the fabricated crisis as unprecedented in the modern history of the State of Qatar, labelling it as treachery. He explained that Qatar, under the leadership of emir, dealt the situation in a civilized and legal way, and to rise above the level of the siege countries in the way they treat the Qatari people.

He also reviewed the stages of the crisis since its beginning and the measures the state took to counter the siege under directives of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, pointing out that there are no actual reasons for the crisis but it aims to place Qatar under the guardianship of these countries, and direct Doha‘s internal and external policy and exploits its resources to serve the interests of these countries.

The minister also appreciated the role of Emir of Kuwait and his efforts to resolve the crisis and said that Qatar has welcomed and supported this role.

Asked about Qatar’s membership in the GCC, HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said that Qatar does not intend to leave GCC and will continue to work through it as long as the body remains. “If the siege countries want to go and found another entity, let them do.”

The minister added that Qatar is strengthening its cooperation with Asian countries and is considering cooperation in the framework of multilateral regional organizations to join and benefit from them.

The State of Qatar speaks with the different world countries in the language of interests rather than threats as the siege countries do, HE the deputy prime minister and foreign minister said, adding that Doha has achieved many objectives in this regard as major countries condemned the siege and demanded its lifting.

Coming to the latest developments in the crisis, the minister noted that the siege nations are looking to normalize the crisis and continue it in an attempt to weaken the Qatari economy in the hope that Doha succumb, stressing that the State of Qatar has thwarted all these attempts to harm the economy. “The last of these attempts was pressuring the Qatari currency and bonds.”

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