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Qatar: Gulf blockade a violation of international law

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Bin Jassim Al-Thani on 8 June 2017. [Mohamed Farag/Anadolu Agency]
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Bin Jassim Al-Thani on 8 June 2017. [Mohamed Farag/Anadolu Agency]

Qatar’s foreign minister today described Arab powers’ “blockade” of his country a violation of international law and said there was an attempt to mobilise international opinion against the Gulf emirate.

These procedures that were taken have clear violations of international law and international humanitarian law. They will not have a positive impact on the region but a negative one

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani told a joint news conference with his German counterpart during a visit to Germany.

Read: Saudi, UAE add Qaradawi to ‘terror list’

Saudi Arabia and the UAE today added a list of 59 people to a list of terror suspects they want Qatar to cut ties with in order to end their siege.

Qatar dismissed the latest move by its neighbours, saying it “reinforces baseless allegations that hold no foundation in fact”.

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“Our position on countering terrorism is stronger than many of the signatories of the joint statement – a fact that has been conveniently ignored by the authors,” the Qatari government said in a statement.

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