Qatar Refuses To 'Outsource Foreign Policy' In Gulf Crisis

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In an interview, Qatar government spokesman told AFP that Qatar refuses to bow to Saudi led demands to outsource its foreign policy to resolve the Gulf crisis.

Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al Thani who holds ministerial rank has accused Doha adversaries in the crisis of  Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt of meddling in Qatar’s internal affairs.

He said, “The main cause behind this crisis of course is Qatari sovereignty and independence to put it very simply. It is about outsourcing our foreign policy so that decision are not made in Qatar and that is something that will never be acceptable.”

Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al Thani  told the Saudi led bloc had laid down a new ultimatum  by publishing a list of individuals and terrorist entities that is  linked to Doha,  on Tuesday.

The official said,” this list is still an ultimatum and something that is stalling resolving the crisis.”

However,The first step should be lifting the illegal blockade. We have said,” we are open to dialogue and we are open to negotiate.”

In the region of worst diplomatic crisis, Riyadh and allies have been boycotting Doha, since June 5.

They have sealed only the UAE  land border and ordered its citizens to leave and closed their airspace flights and waters shipping to Qatari.

They are demanding for the Qatar break out and its long standing ties with the Muslim Brotherhood that is  blacklisted as a terror group by the four governments, although its not by the international community.

They asked Doha to close a Turkish military base, the major broadcasting giant Al-Jazeera and  and  fall in line with Saudi led policy particularly, towards Iran.

However, Sheikh insisted that this crisis was  triggered by them not by us.

He said that Qatar was ready to discuss anything openly so that it doesn’t influence on the country sovereignty and independence,

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