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Qatar not ready to change its policies

Doha - "We have been isolated because we are successful and progressive"

By Reuters

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Published: Thu 8 Jun 2017, 10:25 PM

Last updated: Fri 9 Jun 2017, 1:15 AM

Qatar said on Thursday fellow Arab states' move to isolate it in a row over alleged ties to terrorism is endangering stability in the Gulf region but it was not ready to change its foreign policy to settle the dispute and would never compromise.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani spoke as would-be mediators struggled to ease a crisis that Qataris say has led to a blockade of their nation.

"We have been isolated because we are successful and progressive. We are a platform for peace not terrorism ... This dispute is threatening the stability of the entire region," Sheikh Mohammed told reporters in Doha.

"We are not ready to surrender, and will never be ready to surrender, the independence of our foreign policy."

Sheikh Mohammed said that Qatar had not yet been presented with a list of demands by countries that cut off diplomatic and transport links with it, but insisted the matter be solved peacefully. "There cannot ever be a military solution to this problem." - Reuters




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