The month-long Qatari standoff is not ending anytime soon with the UAE saying it was yet to receive details of Doha’s response to demands made by Saudi Arabia and allies.
The UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said: “We are still waiting for the response from our brothers in Kuwait regarding the paper they received from Qatar.”
But the UAE foreign minister declined to say what action the countries may take against Qatar. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar early last month over its support for extremist groups and ties with Iran. Sheikh Abdullah’s comments suggest the countries are prepared to take further action against Qatar.
“To defeat terrorism, we must confront extremism, we must confront hate speech, we must confront the harbouring and sheltering of extremists and terrorists, and funding them,” he said.
“Unfortunately, we in this region see that our sister nation of Qatar has allowed and harboured and encouraged all of this.” “Enough is enough,” he added.
“Any steps taken by these countries in case Qatar fails to respond will be taken within the framework of international law, including the procedures that sovereign states have the right to take against another country,” Sheikh Abdullah said.
The Arab nations could impose financial sanctions or force Qatar out of the Gulf Cooperation Council. – AP