Qatar's FM: 'We are not ready to surrender'

Posted June 09, 2017

"No one has the right to intervene in our foreign policy", Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said.

On Wednesday, the Turkish parliament approved draft legislation allowing the deployment of Turkish troops to Turkey's military base established in Qatar in 2014 as part of a bilateral defense agreement.

"We are not ready to surrender, and will never be ready to surrender, the independence of our foreign policy", he told reporters in Doha.

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

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.DOHA - Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said that Qatar rejects any interference with its foreign policies, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported. These include cutting all links with Iran, the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood network and the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

The foreign minister said daily life and projects in Qatar will not be affected, stressing that Qatar designed its programmes and took such steps in order to independently achieve its vision regardless of any political pressures.

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.

"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. "So when the Qatari foreign minister says "listen, we need to engage in dialogue", we have done that for many years - that's just a statement for western consumption". "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.

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The four countries have suspended all flights to and from Qatar, pulled their ambassadors from Doha and ordered Qatari diplomats to leave.

Saudi Arabia has also closed off Qatar's only land border, a crucial lifeline for food imports.

Qatar is the world's largest exporter of natural liquefied gas.

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