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'We are not ready to surrender,' says Qatar's foreign minister

09 June 2017, 09:26 | Floyd Cook

Hatem Moussa-Pool Getty Images Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani

Qatar leader to address nation as diplomatic freeze begins to bite

Qatar's foreign minister Thursday rejected interference in his country's foreign policy, ruling out a military solution to a crisis which has seen Riyadh and its allies cut ties with Doha.

On what was said to be the demands of the states which severed their relations with Qatar, Al-Thani said "There are no clear demands yet, and we are waiting", adding that he does not expect any military escalation in the current crisis.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

He added that the transport blockade declared by the Saudi-led group of countries opposing Qatar in the ongoing row would not hurt Doha.

"We are not ready to surrender, and will never be ready to surrender, the independence of our foreign policy", Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman said.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman's comments come a day after high-level UAE government official told AFP news agency that the unprecedented measures against Qatar aim to pressure the country into making drastic policy changes.

Six Arab countries - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Yemen and Libya - had cut diplomatic ties with Qatar for allegedly supporting terrorism.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain announced they were cutting diplomatic ties and closing air, sea and land links with Qatar, giving Qataris within their borders two weeks to leave.

"We have been isolated because we are successful and progressive..." However, the Qatari foreign minister downplayed the likelihood of military conflict.

"Turkish troops are coming to Qatar for the sake of the security of the entire region", Thani said at a briefing in Doha, as quoted by the Hurriyet newspaper.

Foreign minister said that UAE is exploiting trading position as a political tool.

Ghobas said: "The idea that there is an Islamic solution to Middle East's social and economic problems is not something we are persuaded of".

Sheikh Mohammed said Qatar could nonetheless survive "forever", adding that it respected worldwide agreements and would continue supplying liquefied natural gas to the UAE.

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