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Qatari FM calls for dialogue to resolve Gulf crisis

شعار Al Jazeera Al Jazeera 05/07/2017
Al-Thani has Qatar will not accept intervention in the internal affairs of the country [Al Jazeera] © Provided by Al Jazeera Al-Thani has Qatar will not accept intervention in the internal affairs of the country [Al Jazeera]

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has said Qatar will do "whatever it takes to protect our people", as he accused Gulf states that have imposed a blockade on Doha of trying to undermine his nation's sovereignty.  

Sheikh Mohammed told the Chatham House think tank in London on Wednesday that "Qatar continues to call for dialogue", as Saudi Arabia and its allies hold talks in Egypt to discuss their next move.

"We welcome any serious efforts to resolve our differences with our neighbours," he said, adding: "We don't accept intervention in our own affairs". 

He accused Saudi Arabia and its regional allies of "demanding that we must surrender our sovereignty as the price for ending the siege".

A group of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia has severed air, sea and ground links with Qatar, cutting off vital routes for imports including food.

They also ordered Qatari citizens to leave their territories and took various steps against Qatari firms and financial institutions.

Later, they put forward a list of 13 demands for Qatar to fulfill by the end of Monday. That peirod has been extended up to Wednesday.  

The crisis has raised concerns of growing instability in the region, home to some of the world's largest energy exporters and key Western allies who host US military bases.

Energy-rich Qatar has been defiant throughout the crisis, insisting it can weather action taken against it.

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