Qatar foreign minister rejects intervention in foreign policy

Qatar foreign minister rejects intervention in foreign policy

"We are not ready to surrender, and will never be ready to surrender, the independence of our foreign policy", Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told reporters in Doha.

Turkey's parliament on Wednesday ratified two deals on deploying troops in Qatar and training the nation's gendarmerie force.

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday.

"We are an independent country with sovereignty", he told AFP, rejecting tutelage from other states.

Kuwaiti emir Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad al Sabah has said that he has initiated mediation efforts to seek a solution to the regional crisis but the minister said that his country had not yet received any request.

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Qatar is not ready to change its foreign policy to resolve a dispute with fellow Gulf Arab states and will never compromise, foreign minister said.

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.

The emirate is also home to leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the Palestinian Hamas and the Afghan Taliban.

Sheikh Mohammed called attempts to isolate Doha "collective punishment" and a "systematic campaign" against Qatar, which he said continued to work alongside the United States against extremism. "They are hosted here. for peace talks".

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.

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The four Arab countries have suspended all flights to and from Doha and closed off sea and air links to Qatar.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia conveyed to mediators from Kuwait a list of demands to deliver to Qatar.

Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from Doha, said Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman was defiant and stressed that Qatar could live under embargo forever.

"40 percent of UAE power depends on the natural gas of Qatar and we will respect the LNG agreements we have signed with the UAE".

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