Qatar rejects intervention in foreign policy: FM

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.DOHA - Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said that Qatar rejects any interference with its foreign policies, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.

However, Sheikh Mohammad told AP that Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani would not leave the country as long as it was subjected to an embargo.

"We don't see a military solution as an option" to the crisis, he added.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

Former Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has lived in exile in Doha for years and key figures of the group visit Qatar often.

And he was even tougher on media reports suggesting Qatar supports the Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels fighting the internationally recognised government in Yemen. He said only 16 percent of Qatar's food imports came through the now-closed land border crossing with Saudi Arabia "and it has been replaced already".

"We have been isolated because we are successful and progressive..."

But Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Wednesday voiced opposition to foreign involvement in the dispute.

"We are not ready to surrender, and will never be ready to surrender the independence of our foreign policy", he said.

The foreign minister added that if there were real reasons, "there wouldn't have been such an escalation and the media fabrications wouldn't have portrayed such a wrong image about Qatar in an attempt to undermine its security and stability" based on "false stories and fabrications". We are a platform for peace not terrorism.

He said Qatar had not yet been presented with a list of demands by the countries that cut off ties with the country on Monday, but he insisted it be solved by peaceful means.

"This is not about regime change - this is about change of policy, change of approach", said Anwar Gargash, the UAE state minister for foreign affairs.

Ghobas said: "The idea that there is an Islamic solution to Middle East's social and economic problems is not something we are persuaded of".

He stressed that Qatar respects Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) agreements signed with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).