Qatar FM rejects intervention in foreign policy

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al Thani told CNN that the FBI has confirmed the hack and the planting of fake news

"This dispute is threatening the stability of the entire region", Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told reporters in Doha.

"Qatar's policy is a dead end and it will only lead to destruction, so essentially what we are asking is for the Qataris to give up on their foreign policy which calls up for an an alliance between a tremendous amount of wealth and extremely radical Islam".

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

Qatar's foreign minister today rejected attempts to interfere in the country's foreign policy and said a "military solution" to the country's crisis with its Gulf neighbours was not an option.

Qatar long has denied funding extremists, and its foreign minister has struck a defiant tone in interviews, even after anxious residents emptied grocery stores in its capital of Doha.

Qatar has vowed it will not surrender its foreign policy in a row with other Arab states over its alleged connections to extremism.




Analysts say the crisis is in part an extension of a pre-existing dispute which saw Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain temporarily recall their ambassadors from Doha in 2014 over Qatari support for the Muslim Brotherhood.

A six-member Qatari delegation reached Islamabad late on Wednesday night, sources are reported to have said.The delegation is expected to meet high-level officials at the Prime Minister House who will also discuss the recent situation in the Gulf.

"As for central institutions in the United States, our relations with them are extremely excellent and it is a strategic partnership in the peace process and counter terrorism", he said. "There is no intention for us to seek anything but what we look at as economic spheres of activities", he said in an interview with AFP.

He stressed that Qatar respects Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) agreements signed with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain have suspended all flights to and from Doha and closed off sea and air links to Qatar. Qatar relies heavily on food imports, especially those coming over its only land border with Saudi Arabia.

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