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Qatar to Saudi Arabia: There are big states with small minds 

Qatari Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani in Doha, Qatar on 15 July 2017 [Mohamed Farag/Anadolu Agency]

There are big states with small minds and narrow horizons, the Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said yesterday, responding to Saudi Arabia’s remarks on Qatar.

Crown Prince and Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud (L) meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) at Cairo International Airport in Cairo, Egypt on 4 March, 2018 [Saudi Kingdom Council/Anadolu Agency]

Crown Prince and Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud (L) meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) at Cairo International Airport in Cairo, Egypt on 4 March, 2018 [Saudi Kingdom Council/Anadolu Agency]

On Tuesday, Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad Bin Salman, told Egyptian media that the issue of the Qatar blockade is “very trivial” and that “the entire population of Qatar was smaller than a Cairo street.”

Bin Salman stressed that the dispute with Qatar could be long-lasting, comparing it to the US’ embargo of Cuba imposed 60 years ago.

Speaking in Belgium, Al Thani said Bin Salman was using “outdated terms” when comparing the Gulf crisis to US-Cuba relations.

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“Countries are not measured by their size,” Al Thani stressed, adding “we may be a small country, But we have minds and hearts that care about our citizens.”

Denouncing the Saudi officials’ claims that they are not concerned with the Gulf crisis, the Qatari diplomat said: “Saudi officials are preoccupied with the Qatar issue. The evidence is that they bring the issue up in all their meetings and statements.”

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade links with Qatar last June, accusing the Gulf state of “supporting terrorism.” Qatar denies the accusations.

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