Qatar regrets decision by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to sever relations

 05 Jun 2017 - 9:30

Qatar regrets decision by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to sever relations


Doha: The Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its deep regret at the decision of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain to close their borders and airspace and cut off diplomatic relations over baseless allegations.

Qatar is an active member of the GCC and adheres to its charter, respects the sovereignty of other countries, does not interfere in its internal affairs, and carries out its duties in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that these measures taken against the State of Qatar will not affect the normal course of life of the citizens and residents of the State and that the Qatari government will take all necessary measures to ensure this and to thwart attempts to influence and harm the Qatari society and economy.

It is clear that the media campaign failed to convince public opinion in the region and in the Gulf countries in particular, which explains the continued escalation.

The fabrication of reasons for taking action against a sister country in the GCC is clear evidence that there is no legitimate justification for these measures, which were taken in coordination with Egypt, and the purpose is clear: the imposition of guardianship over the state. This is in itself a violation of its sovereignty as a state.

The statement pointed out that the allegations contained in the statements of severing the relations issued by the three countries represent an undisclosed attempt to confirm the advance planning of media campaigns, which included many fabrications.

Finally, Qatar's Foreign Ministry expressed its regret that the three countries did not find at this critical stage a more important and crucial challenge for their people than targeting the State of Qatar and attempting to harm it.

Qatar Foreign Ministry has issued a statement in Arabic and this is a rough translation of the same.

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