Doha – Information Office – 08 September
The State of Qatar expressed Friday its rejection and condemnation of the statement issued by the siege countries from Saudi Arabia, which included unsubstantiated allegations and accusations against Qatar.
Director of the Information Office at the Foreign Ministry HE Ambassador Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Rumaihi spoke today to Qatar News Agency (QNA) and said that the statement from the quartet which alleged that Qatar interferes in internal affairs of other countries and finances terrorism is baseless. His Excellency added that those allegations also contradicted with Qatar's policies which are based on respecting the sovereignty of other countries, in addition to its contradiction with the international recognition the State of Qatar received for its efforts in counter-terrorism.
The statement from the siege countries also said that the remarks made by HE the Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, following statements made by HH the Emir of Kuwait in Washington, reflected the State of Qatar's rejection of dialogue for resolving the crisis. HE the Ambassador commented on that and said that the statement inaccurately interpreted the remarks of HE the Foreign Minister, which renewed the State of Qatar's commitment to dialogue which it made clear since the beginning of the crisis.
His Excellency reflected on reports that Qatar accepts the 13 demands of the siege countries and said that the comment made by HH the Emir of Kuwait was taken out of context. His Excellency said that the full context showed clearly the rejection of demands that infringe on sovereignty.
HE the Ambassador stressed that the position of the State of Qatar was clear since the beginning of the crisis, which was reaffirmed in the remarks of HE the Foreign Minister yesterday. The State of Qatar was willing to discuss any request by the siege countries in the context of a constructive dialogue based on respecting international law and the sovereignty of countries.
HE the Ambassador Ahmed bin Saeed Al Rumaihi expressed the appreciation of the Emir, the government, and the people of the State of Qatar for the mediation efforts of HH the Emir of Kuwait in order to resolve the crisis. His Excellency also expressed Qatar's appreciation to all countries that supported Kuwaiti mediation.