Qatar: The sanctions against us are illegal

Qatar's Foreign Minister denounces the sanctions imposed against his country by Saudi Arabia and its allies.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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Qatar on Monday denounced the sanctions imposed against it by Saudi Arabia and its allies as "unfair" and "illegal", AFP reported.

"Whatever relates to our foreign affairs... no one has the right to discuss," Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani was quoted as having told reporters during a visit to Paris.

He called for "dialogue based on clear foundations" over accusations that Qatar supports extremist groups.

"Qatar is willing to sit and negotiate about whatever is related to Gulf security," he stressed, according to AFP.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are among several countries which last week broke off relations with Qatar over what they say is the emirate's financing of terrorist groups, such as Hamas, as well as its ties to Iran.

Qatar denies the allegations.

Several days later, those countries placed dozens of figures linked to Qatar on blacklists, including members of Qatar's royal family and one of the spiritual leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.

On Sunday, Bahrain's central bank ordered banks operating in the kingdom to freeze assets and bank accounts of the individuals who were blacklisted last week.

Al Thani, who is on a European tour to drum up support for Qatar, said his country had no idea what had provoked the move against it.

"It's not about Iran or Al-Jazeera," he insisted, referring to the Qatar-based broadcaster. "We have no clue about the real reasons."

He added that he supported moves by Kuwait to act as a mediator in the dispute "with the help of friendly countries such as the United States."

Al Thani on Saturday rejected the Gulf states' boycott of his country, claiming that Hamas is a “legitimate resistance movement” and that Arab states view it as such.