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Gulf diplomatic crisis: Qatar foreign minister calls blockade a violation of international law

Qatar's foreign minister on Friday described Arab powers' "blockade" of his country as a violation of international law and said there was an attempt to mobilise international opinion against the Gulf emirate.

File image of Qatar's foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani. Reuters

File image of Qatar's foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani. Reuters

"These procedures that were taken have clear violations of international law and international humanitarian law. They will not have a positive impact on the region but a negative one," Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told a joint news conference with his German counterpart during a visit to Germany.

Qatar vowed on Thursday to ride out the isolation imposed on it by fellow Arab states over its alleged support for terrorism and said it would not compromise its sovereignty over foreign policy to resolve the region's biggest diplomatic crisis in years.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with the small Gulf Arab state on Monday, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and their arch-adversary Iran – charges Qatar calls baseless.

Several other countries later followed suit.

Would-be mediators including United States president Donald Trump and Kuwait's ruling emir have struggled to ease a crisis that Qataris say has led to a blockade of their nation.

Al-Thani said Qatar had not yet been presented with a list of demands by countries that cut off diplomatic and transport ties, but insisted the matter be solved peacefully.


Updated Date: Jun 09, 2017 14:50 PM

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