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Qatar says Saudi-led bloc’s sanctions violate international laws

Qatar says Saudi-led bloc’s sanctions violate international laws

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Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheik Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa (L) walks in to a press conference as Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan follow him for a joint press conference after the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt meeting to discuss their dispute with Qatar, in Manama, Bahrain July 30, 2017. (REUTERS photo)

Doha, July 31 (Xinhua) — Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdelrahman Al-Thani dismissed the statement issued on Sunday by the anti-Qatar quartet and said the sanctions “violate international laws,” Al-Jazeera TV has reported.

He said that the meeting in Manama attended by the Saudi-led bloc failed to present a clear version, accusing the four Arab countries of sticking to a “stubborn policy” and refusing to admit that the sanctions against Qatar are “illegal.”

Foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt met in Manama of Bahrain on Sunday to discuss the Qatari crisis that has raised tensions in the Gulf region.

The foreign ministers said at a joint press conference that they were ready for dialogue with Qatar to tackle the dispute, on the conditions that Doha was willing to cooperate with their 13 demands including stopping funding terrorism and stopping interfering in other countries’ foreign affairs.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar on June 5, accusing the gas exporting gulf state of financing terrorism and cozying up to their arch-rival Iran.

Qatar denies the accusation and insists the blockade is a violation of international law, and it does not fund extremism.

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