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'We are not ready to surrender,' Qatar's foreign minister says

'We are not ready to surrender,' Qatar's foreign minister says

"No one has the right to intervene in our foreign policy", Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al- Thani told AFP.

On Wednesday, US president Donald Trump - who the previous day had taken the side of the anti-Qatar front - said he was willing to host the two sides at the White House to discuss an agreement.

On Monday, five Arab countries - Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen - cut ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

"We are an independent country with sovereignty and we refuse any custody over Qatar", he said, speaking at the ministry of foreign affairs.

"We don't believe in a military solution", he said.

The Turkish military will ensure the safety of Qatar, said Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani.

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The emirate is also home to leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the Palestinian Hamas and the Afghan Taliban.

"We are not ready to surrender, and will never be ready to surrender the independence of our foreign policy", he said. "They are hosted here. for peace talks".

The foreign minister pointed to the campaign that was aimed at Qatar in Western capitals and the United States, expressing regret that some GCC ambassadors are carrying out a campaign of incitement and distortion of Qatar's reputation contrary to the basic charter of GCC and the social cord between GCC states. "There is no intention for us to seek anything but what we look at as economic spheres of activities", he said in an interview with AFP.

Sheikh Mohammed said Qatar could nonetheless survive "forever", adding that it respected global agreements and would continue supplying liquefied natural gas to the UAE.

The four Arab countries have suspended all flights to and from Doha and closed off sea and air links to Qatar. Qatar relies heavily on food imports, especially those coming over its only land border with Saudi Arabia.

He stressed that Qatar's strategic choice was to solve any crisis through dialogue, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.

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