Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said demands made of Qatar by four other Arab states were designed to be rejected, Doha's foreign minister said on Saturday, explaining that their ultimatum was aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing his country’s sovereignty.
The Qatari foreign minister told reporters on Saturday in Rome that “Doha is ready for dialogue but under proper conditions”, just a day before a deadline for Doha to comply expires.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt submitted a list of 13 demands to Qatar, which was handed over by Kuwait to Doha nearly 10 days ago.
This comes as the Qatari foreign minister held meetings with members of the Security Council to discuss the crisis facing his country.
Qatar’s Foreign Ministry said that Al-Thani met with UN representatives of Russia, US, France, UK and China to discuss the latest developments in the country’s crisis and the measures taken against Qatar.
The Qatari minister also met with the ambassadors of the non-permanent members of the Security Council.
For its part, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry refused “Qatar support for terrorism and extremism,” noting that boycotting Qatar came as a message to Doha that “enough is enough.”
The Saudi foreign ministry pointed out that Qatar has not fulfilled its commitments and has not kept its promise to stop supporting and financing terrorism and non-interference in the affairs of states.