Qatar won’t negotiate with Arab states that have cut economic and travel ties with it unless they turn around their measures and lift a blockade against it, its foreign minister has said.
“Qatar is under blockade, there is no negotiation. They need to lift the blockade to begin negotiations,” Sheik Mohammed canister Abdulrahman Al Thani told reporters on Monday, discounting discourses over Qatar’s internal affairs.
“As of not long ago we didn’t perceive any advance about lifting the blockade, which is the precondition for anything to push ahead,” he included.
Talking from the capital, Doha, the minister said Qatar had still not received any demands from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, who separated relations with two weeks prior, setting off the worst Gulf Arab crisis in years.
Anything that identifies with the affairs of the six-country Gulf Cooperation Council is liable to negotiation, he stated, referring to the body comprising Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.
“Anything not identified with them is not subject to negotiation. Nobody has the privilege to interfere in my affairs. Qatari foreign strategy on local issues is Qatar’s affairs. Furthermore, we are not going to negotiate all alone affairs,” he said.
The minister said Kuwait’s ruler was the sole mediator in the crisis and that he was sitting tight for specific demands from Gulf States keeping in mind the end goal to take determination efforts forward.
“We can’t simply have obscure demands, for example, ‘the Qataris realize what we need from them, they need to stop either, they must be observed by a foreign monitoring mechanism.'”
The crisis hit civilian travel and some food imports, tightened up pressures in the Gulf and sowed confusion among businesses. In any case, it has not affected energy exports from Qatar, the world’s greatest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The minister said Qatar would depend on different states if the boycott kept, including Saudi Arabia’s territorial adversary, Iran.
“We have a backup plan which depends predominantly on Turkey, Kuwait and Oman,” he said.
“Iran has facilitated for us the sky passages for our aviation and we are cooperating with all nations that can guarantee supplies for Qatar.”