Doha rules out changes to foreign policy

11 June 2017

Qatar’s foreign minister told reporters the country remains committed to its foreign policy 

Qatar has ruled out any changes to its foreign policy and claims it has been isolated due to its “progressiveness.”

“We are not ready to surrender, and will never be ready to surrender, the independence of our foreign policy,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, the country’s foreign minister.

“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.”

The minister also told reporters in Doha that “there cannot be a military solution to this problem”.

It is understood that a number of bilateral talks between Qatar and GCC countries, mediated by Kuwait, are underway with Turkey and US keen on finding a solution for the fallout soon.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, as well as other Muslim majority countries aligned with Riyadh, severed ties with Doha last week following accusations that it was a sponsor of regional terrorism.

The severing of diplomatic ties was also following by the closing of key transportation links to Qatar. This included the closing of land, sea and air border, raising concerns over Qatar’s ability to import key building materials and food products.


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