Qatar: “Will Never Be Ready to Surrender”

Reuters news agency reports today Qatar said that fellow Arab states’ move to isolate it in a row over alleged ties to terrorism is endangering stability and it was not ready to change its foreign policy to settle the dispute and would never compromise. Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani spoke as would-be mediators ranging from US President Donald Trump to Kuwait’s ruling emir struggled to ease a crisis that Qataris say has led to a blockade of their nation. Foreign Minister al-Thani said, “We have been isolated because we are successful and progressive. We are a platform for peace not terrorism … This dispute is threatening the stability of the entire region. We are not ready to surrender, and will never be ready to surrender, the independence of our foreign policy.”

Saudi Arabia’s closure of Qatar’s only land border sparked fears of major price hikes and food shortages for its population of 2.7 million people, with long queues forming as some supermarkets began running out of stock. Turkey has brought forward a planned troop deployment to Qatar and pledged to provide food and water supplies to its Arab ally, which hosts a Turkish military base. The Qatari ambassador to Washington, Meshal Hamad al-Thani, wrote on Twitter that, “Open channels of communication means venues for conflict resolution.” However, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Gulf states could resolve the dispute among themselves without outside help and said, “We have not asked for mediation, we believe this issue can be dealt with among the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council.”

Reuters report found here.

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