MOFA Qatar Issues Statement about the Decision by KSA, UAE and Bahrain to Cut Relations

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar has expressed regret over the decision by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain concerning the closing of borders and airspace, as well as cutting off diplomatic relations.

In a post from the MOFA website, a full statement is posted on June 4, 2017  stating that the country has been exposed to a campaign based on allegations and fabrications. Please see the full statement below for your reference.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar Official Statement on Decision by Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain

Qatar regrets the decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to sever relations

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar expressed deep regret over the decision of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain to close their borders and airspace and cut off diplomatic relations. Such measures are unjustified and are based on baseless  and unfounded allegations.

Qatar has been exposed to an instigation campaign based on allegations that amounted to absolute fabrications, which proves that there are premeditated intentions to cause damage to the State.  Qatar is an active member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), committed to its Charter, respects the sovereignty of other countries, does not interfere in their internal affairs, and carries out its duties in combating terrorism and extremism.

It is clear that the media campaign failed to convince public opinion in the region and in the Gulf  countries in particular, which explains the continued escalation.

The fabrication of reasons for taking action against a sister country in the GCC is clear evidence that there is no legitimate justification for these measures, which were taken in coordination with Egypt, and the purpose is clear : the imposition of guardianship over the State. This in itself is a violation of its sovereignty as a state which is categorically rejected.

The statement pointed out that the allegations contained in the statements  of severing the relations issued by the three countries represent an undisclosed attempt which further  confirms the premeditated planning of media campaigns, which  contained many fabrications.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that these measures taken against the State of Qatar will not affect the normal course of life of the citizens and residents of the State and that the Qatari Government will take all necessary measures to ensure this and to thwart  attempts to influence and harm the Qatari society and economy.

Finally, Qatar’s Foreign Ministry expressed its regret that the three countries did not find at this critical stage  a more important and crucial challenge for their people than targeting the State of Qatar and attempting to harm it.