'We are not ready to surrender,' Qatar's foreign minister says

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani

He also said Turkey, which on Wednesday sped up the planned deployment of troops to Qatar, is helping to ensure stability in the region.

The Foreign Minister stressed that the Turkish forces coming to Qatar are for the benefit of the security of the whole region, adding that Qatar does not expect any change in the mandate of the United States base in the country.

"We are not ready to surrender, and will never be ready to surrender, the independence of our foreign policy", Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman said.

Qatar's foreign minister today rejected attempts to interfere in the country's foreign policy and said a "military solution" to the country's crisis with its Gulf neighbours was not an option. He said only 16 percent of Qatar's food imports came through the now-closed land border crossing with Saudi Arabia "and it has been replaced already".

The emirate is still home to leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Palestinian Hamas and the Afghan Taliban.

Qatar denied the accusations, calling the move "unjustified". However, the Qatari foreign minister downplayed the likelihood of military conflict. "They are hosted here. for peace talks".

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The UAE's Gargash said the measures against Doha were now limited to diplomatic and economic ties, but warned that no one could project the "dynamic of a crisis".

"Like any crisis, you can not really control the dynamics. this is one of the dangers of any crisis. There is no intention for us to seek anything but what we look at as economic spheres of activities", he said in an interview with AFP.

The minister added that Qatar would respect its LNG gas agreement with the United Arab Emirates, despite the UAE allying with Saudi Arabia in the rift.

The four countries have suspended all flights to and from Qatar, pulled their ambassadors from Doha and ordered Qatari diplomats to leave.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia conveyed to mediators from Kuwait a list of demands to deliver to Qatar.

He stressed that Qatar's strategic choice was to solve any crisis through dialogue, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.

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