DOHA: Qatar will not negotiate with Arab countries that have cut economic and travel ties with it unless they lift their measures against Doha, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said on Monday. “Qatar is under blockade, there is no negotiation. They have to lift the blockade to start negotiations,” he told reporters. “Until now we didnt’ see any progress about lifting the blockade, which is the precondition for anything to move forward.” He added that Qatar had still not received any demands from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which severed ties two weeks ago, triggering the worst Gulf Arab crisis in years. Qatar’s internal affairs are non-negotiable,
Story highlights On June 5, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, severe diplomatic ties and cut off sea and air links with Qatar. Qatar's financial markets have stabilised after an initial week of losses. Standard and Poor's credit agency says Qatari banks are strong enough to hold on, even if all the Gulf money is pulled out. Qatar's gas exports, food supplies and construction materials are on track. On June 5, several countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic ties and cut off sea and air links with Qatar, accusing it of supporting "extremism" and their regional rival, Iran. Qatar may have been isolated economically by
Saad al-Kaabi says despite the blockade against Qatar, Doha will not shut its gas pipeline to its 'brothers'. Qatar will not cut gas supplies to the United Arab Emirates despite a diplomatic dispute between the two nations, the chief executive of state-run Qatar Petroleum has told Al Jazeera. Saad Sherida al-Kaabi told Al Jazeera Arabic's Liqa al-Yaum (Today's Meeting show) on Sunday that although there was a "force majeure" clause in the Dolphin gas pipeline agreement - which pumps around 2 billion cubic feet of gas per day to the UAE - Qatar would not stop supplies to its "brothers". "The siege we have today is a force majeure and we could close the gas pipeline to the UAE," he said. "But if
As she prepares for the release of her debut album, former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello speaks to the BBC about the "nerve-wracking" process of flying solo. Few of us would like our careers to be defined by what we were doing at the age of 18. But when you've been discovered on national TV and been a member of one of the biggest girl groups in the world, it's difficult to step out of their shadow. It would be a daunting prospect for most - but that's exactly what Camila Cabello is doing. Six months on from her somewhat difficult exit from Fifth Harmony, the 20-year-old is gearing up for the release of her debut solo album. "I'm at this stage where I feel like people are seeing me as myself
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards has fired ground-to-ground missiles from western Iran into eastern Syria, aiming at the bases of militant groups Iran holds responsible for attacks in Tehran which left 18 dead last week, the Tasnim news agency reported. "The spilling of any pure blood will not go unanswered," the Revolutionary Guards said in a statement, according to Tasnim.
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