Qatar FM to AP: No one has 'right to blockade my country'

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday.

"I personally don't see that we are in a policy that is aimed at escalation".

Qatar's massive natural gas reserves make it the world's third-largest producer of natural gas products in the world. The fuel is processed gas from Qatar's North Field and transported to the Taweelah terminal in the Emirati capital city of Abu Dhabi, English-language Bloomberg television news network reported.

Other UAE ports, including Jebel Ali, the region's biggest container terminal, and the oil-trading hub at Fujairah are prohibiting all vessels traveling to or coming from Qatar. Needless to say, the current state of high drama in the region has the potential to wreak untold chaos should the crisis continue for an extended period.

Speaking in a rare interview, Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told The Associated Press that Qatar has "chosen to ride the tiger of extremism and terrorism" and now needed to pay the price, despite Qatar long denying the allegation.

It said hackers installed a file and then published a fake news item attributed to Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, just after midnight May 24.

Qatar long has denied funding extremists, and its foreign minister has struck a defiant tone in interviews, even after anxious residents emptied grocery stores in its capital of Doha.

"In another circular, the Central Bank advised banks and other financial institutions operating in the UAE to apply immediately enhanced customer due diligence for any accounts they hold belonging to six Qatari banks: Qatar Islamic Bank, Qatar International Islamic Bank, Barwa Bank, Masraf al-Rayan, Qatar National Bank and Doha Bank", WAM said. After traveling to Doha to investigate, the FBI announced that they had proof the hacking took place, then pointed a finger directly at Russian Federation.

The sudden turn against Qatar is meant to force them into making drastic foreign policy changes.

A top Emirati diplomat said Wednesday "there's nothing to negotiate" with Qatar over a growing diplomatic dispute about the energy-rich nation's alleged funding of terror groups, signalling Arab countries trying to isolate it won't back down. She also stated, however, that United States prefers for the countries involved to find a solution among themselves.

Qatar's foreign minister has insisted his country was combating terror financing and "protecting the world from potential terrorists".

Meanwhile, Pakistan also chose to send military contingent to Qatar after a similar decision was made by Turkey.

When asked if Qatar's Emir would go to Washington in response to US President's offer to mediate talks at the White House, the Qatari minister described it as impossible due to Qatar being "in blockade".

  • Leroy Wright