Qatar foreign minister denounces 'unfair', 'illegal' sanctions

Nick Mcbride
June 13, 2017

Qatar's neighbors cut ties with the country over accusations that it sponsors Islamic extremism, which Qatar denies.

Qatar's foreign policy has always been rather different than that of the rest of the Gulf States.

In a show of support for Qatar, the Turkish parliament and the president rapidly passed legislation for increased military cooperation last week, which foresees troop deployment and military training.

Reports of stockpiling customers at Qatari grocery stores and rush shipments of food from non-traditional suppliers aside, Qatari Finance Minister Ali Sharif al-Emadi downplayed concerns about the broader Qatari economy, saying he is "very comfortable" with where the nation is economically, and believes Qatar could weather the blockade more or less indefinitely.

The Taliban opened its "political office" in Qatar in 2013.

Saudi Arabia's aviation body said on Tuesday that the closure of its airspace to flights from Qatar was within the kingdom's sovereign right to protect its citizens from any threat.

Qatar can't be allowed to own landmarks and businesses in the U.S. and Europe while using the proceeds to finance extremist groups, the UAE's ambassador to Washington said, as a media war between a Saudi-led alliance and their Gulf neighbour intensifies.

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This is the first time that Erdoğan will formally reach out to Trump after four gulf countries boycotted Qatar earlier in June.

Britain on Monday urged Gulf states including Saudi Arabia to ease a blockade of Qatar and to find an immediate solution to the impasse through mediation. The sanctions have hurt one of its highest-profile enterprises, fast-growing airline Qatar Airways, which says it has been cut it off from 18 of its destinations.

Qatar, which is facing a large diplomatic blockade from a collection of Arab countries, will always remember Turkey's support during these hard times, Sheikha al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the sister of Qatar's ruling emir, has told the Hürriyet Daily News. The ownership of South Pars/North Dome Gas Condensate field, the world's largest natural gas field, is shared by Iran and Qatar which unites the countries in wealth. Oman has stayed out of the conflict.

Kuwaiti and USA officials are mediating in the conflict, though there have been conflicting signals from President Donald Trump's administration.

Qatar supports Kuwait's efforts to end a rift with Saudi Arabia and other Arab states, its foreign minister said on Monday, but the emirate remains puzzled over why "abusive measures" had been imposed on it.

During his two-day stay in Pakistan, Mr Hajeri, who is a frequent visitor and a close friend of the ruling family, met Prime Minister Sharif in Islamabad and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore.

The prime minister expressed hope that the current impasse in the Gulf countries will be resolved soon in the best interest of the Muslim community.

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