Small Qatar bravely hits out at Arab neighbours
24 June, 2017
Qatar hit out last Monday at the Arab nations for cutting diplomatic ties and transport links over Doha's alleged support for terrorism, accusing them of a “publicity stunt” aimed solely at attacking its image and reputation, news wires reported. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar on 5 June in the worst diplomatic crisis in the region in years.
“The blockade has been ongoing for two weeks and the blockading nations have offered no formula for resolving the crisis,” Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed al-Thani, Director of Qatar's Government Communications Office, said in a statement. “It is unfortunate that our neighbours have chosen to invest their time and resources in a baseless propaganda campaign.”
Meanwhile the US slips to siding with Qatar by bluntly questioning last Tuesday the boycott motives, saying it was “mystified” the Gulf states had not released their grievances over Qatar. In Washington's strongest language yet on the Gulf dispute, the State Department said the more time goes by, “the more doubt is raised about the actions taken by Saudi Arabia and the UAE.”