Doha Denies Reports on Arab Countries Opening Airspace to Qatari Flights

Jerome Frank
August 3, 2017

The countries have also recalled their ambassadors from Doha, ordered all Qataris to return home and banned Qatar from using their airspace.

"It is important that any steps taken by our countries reflect the global law", he said during the news conference.

In a TV interview, he said: "If you asked the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and Bahrain what kind of Middle East they want to see in 10 years, they would have a view opposed to that of Qatar".

On Sunday, foreign ministers of the four countries said they were ready for dialogue with Qatar if it showed willingness to tackle their demands and "fight terrorism".

It calls for the start of formal consultations with the three Gulf states and lays out specific trade violations, according to a statement released by Qatar's government communications office.

Doha has, however, denounced the demands as unreasonable, refused to meet them, and said that they were meant to force the country to surrender its sovereignty.

"The fabricated news that has recently been published by Saudi media. aims to distort the truth and put obstacles in the way of pilgrims", the statement, which was carried by the state-run Qatar News Agency, said.

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Earlier this month, it appeared the nations had abandoned the 13-point list when diplomats told reporters at the United Nations they now wanted Qatar to accept "six broad principles".

"Dialogue doesn't mean there are concessions", said Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir.

However, it filed a complaint with the United Nations, accusing Saudi Arabia of "politicising the Hajj" and claiming it had imposed restrictions on Qataris trying to enter the country to perform the pilgrimage, set to start at the end of August.

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan said that Doha is responsible for any damage suffered by the Qatari citizen because of the crisis.

The steps taken by the four countries are in line with the basic principles of worldwide law and are a reflection of their commitment to the law, Abdullah added.

On June 5, the Saudi-led quartet cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar - the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas - over allegations the emirate supported extremism and had close ties to Shiite Iran.

Four Arab states that cut ties with Qatar met Sunday to discuss the diplomatic crisis, insisting on compliance with a list of sweeping demands while refraining for now from imposing more punitive measures against the Gulf state.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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