Moscow – The four Arab states involved in the diplomatic row with Qatar are violating international law and abusing the rights of Qatari nationals by isolating Doha, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdulrahman said on Monday.
“There are obvious and gross violations of international law, and they affect citizens of Qatar,” the minister said in the interview with Al Jazeera broadcaster.
According to the minister, the violations include the separation of families, abuse of right to free movement and cutting air and sea links with Doha.
In Manama on Sunday, the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt stated that all 13 demands to Qatar remained in force.
The top diplomats also expressed their readiness for a dialogue with Doha if it “confirmed the cancellation of terrorism support.”
In June, Cairo, Manama, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi cut off diplomatic relations with Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism and meddling in their internal affairs.
They subsequently gave an ultimatum containing 13 demands to Qatar, including requests to sever Qatar’s relations with Iran, close Turkey’s military base in Qatar, shut down Al Jazeera and end support for the Muslim Brotherhood.
NAN reports that on June 5, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates broke off diplomatic relations and communication with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs.
The Maldives, Mauritius, and Mauritania followed suite, while Jordan and Djibouti reduced the level of their diplomatic missions in Qatar.
In June, Kuwait, acting as a mediator in the crisis, handed over to Doha the ultimatum of the four Arab states with 13 demands.(NAN)