UAE’s Gargash: Qatar’s response to Arab demands is ‘shockingly naive’

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UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Anwar Gargash, said on Friday that the Qatari response to the list of demands of the four boycotting countries was “irresponsible.”

The response was “shockingly naive, with weak arguments,” Gargash said in series of tweets.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain have cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar, which they accuse of supporting terrorism and allying with regional foe Iran.

Foreign ministers from the four Arab states leading the boycott of Qatar expressed disappointment on Wednesday with the tiny Gulf nation’s “negative” response to a list of 13 demands.

The minister said that Qatar’s response “has undermined the Kuwaiti mediation before it even took off.” He added that “no diplomatic efforts will succeed if Doha does not act reasonably.”

The UAE minister stressed that “hiding behind the words of sovereignty and denial will only extend the Qatar crisis.”

In his first tweet, Gargash wrote: “Those who followed Qatar’s response to the demands were shocked by Qatar’s denials and how it dealt carelessly with genuine concerns over the evils that have undermined security and stability and led to a real crisis.”

He added in a second tweet: “The Qatari response lacks responsibility and objectivity and undermined Kuwaiti mediation efforts before they even took off. Its lack of seriousness came in line with the leaking of the list of demands in a boastful way.”

He continued: “The Qatari response to the demands did not respect the reader’s considerations and knowledge. It was shockingly naive with weak arguments. The best thing that the Cairo meeting has done, was to ignore the Qatari response.”

Gargash added: “The Qatari response attempted to neglect two decades of supporting chaos, financing extremism and inciting terrorism; how can we forget conspiracy and painful facts, and believe empty words?”

He said that “any diplomatic effort or mediation will need rationality, maturity and common sense from Doha; hiding behind the vocabulary of sovereignty and denial will only prolong the crisis.”

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