Gulf Crisis: We will not surrender to "aggressors", Qatari FM

Friday, 07 Jul, 2017

After receiving the response, foreign ministers of all four blockading countries met in Cairo.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has underlined his country's support for Qatar once again and expressed discontent with the demand for the closure of a Turkish military base in Doha.

UAE minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said in a tweet Qatar faced "greater isolation, incremental measures and reputational damage" if it did not heed the demands. "We find it did not provide a basis for Qatar to retreat from its policies", Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said.

The lack of a plan highlighted the delicate position the alliance is in as both sides dig into their positions.

"The message from Cairo is zero tolerance for terrorism, (a) powerful message from Arab world to worldwide community".

Asked about the possibility of discontinuing Qatar's membership in the Gulf Cooperation Council, Sheikh Khalid said: "This is for the GCC to discuss".

The conditions include severing ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, scaling back relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia's rival for regional hegemony; shutting the government-funded Al Jazeera television station, which has been critical of other autocratic governments in the region; and end Turkey's military presence in Qatar.

Wednesday's report said a number of Gulf nations, as well as Iran, were providing financial support to mosques and Islamic educational institutions which have played host to extremist preachers and been linked to the spread of extremist material, the BBC said. "The matter is not related only to the sovereignty of Qatar", Gabriel said.

"We, as Al-Jazeera employees, will continue to work with professionalism, until the very last moment".

The Egyptian foreign minister went on to say that media outlets in Qatar were guilty of "glorifying terrorist activities".

"To defeat terrorism, we must confront extremism, we must confront hate speech, we must confront the harboring and sheltering of extremists and terrorists, and funding them", Sheikh Abdullah said.

Even though the four Arab states did not announce any new sanctions, Jubeir said they would "take steps at the appropriate time".

As its only land border is now closed, food is having to be shipped or flown in.

The stand-off has plunged Qatar into crisis, sending the stock market tumbling and closing down its airspace.

Ratings agency Moody's has cut Qatar's sovereign credit rating from stable to negative because of the standoff.

Restrictions on Qatar will continue after it rejected the ultimatum made by its Middle East neighbours, Saudi Arabia has said. "Absent a swift resolution, economic activity will likely be hampered by the measures imposed so far".