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

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

The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, is mounting an unprecedented diplomatic and economic blockade against Qatar, alleging ties to terrorism.

He said "we are going through extremely hard circumstances and challenges and there are wars in the Arab world and people killed whether due to terrorism and extremism or terror crimes committed by regimes against their peoples, and there is a crisis in Yemen, Syria and Libya, and these challenges must unite us".

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told reporters that Qatar had never experienced this type of hostility, even from an enemy country.

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. Saudi Arabia earlier issued a list of demands to Qatar, including severing ties with Iran and expelling leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

Qatar is not ready to change its foreign policy to resolve a dispute with fellow Gulf Arab states and will never compromise, foreign minister said.

Qatar denied the accusations, calling the move "unjustified". "They are hosted here. for peace talks".

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A six-member Qatari delegation reached Islamabad late on Wednesday night, sources are reported to have said.The delegation is expected to meet high-level officials at the Prime Minister House who will also discuss the recent situation in the Gulf.

Analysts say the crisis is in part an extension of a pre-existing dispute which saw Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain temporarily recall their ambassadors from Doha in 2014 over Qatari support for the Muslim Brotherhood.

"Like any crisis, you can not really control the dynamics. this is one of the dangers of any crisis".

Qatar will respect the LNG gas agreements it has made with the United Arab Emirates despite its cutting off relations with Doha, Sheikh Mohammed said.

The four Arab countries have suspended all flights to and from Doha and closed off sea and air links to Qatar.

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