Saudi Arabia ambassador hits out at Qatar's policies

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A TV grab of Dr. Khalid Mubarak Al-Shafi Editor-in Chief of The Peninsula on Qatar TV talk show ‘The Trut

The diplomatic crisis, the worst since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq and the subsequent Persian Gulf War, has seen the Arab nations cut ties to Qatar, which hosts a major U.S. military base and will be the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Qatar's minister of state for foreign affairs, Soltan bin Saad al-Muraikhi, delivered the remarks at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on Tuesday, angering Saudi and Egyptian representatives.

"Even the animals were not spared [from the blockade], you sent them out savagely", he said, referring to the camels stranded on the Qatar-Saudi border after the imposition of the siege.

The blockading states also have accused Doha of supporting regional foe Iran. "Everyone knows the reality of the destructive Iranian role toward the Arab states, especially the Gulf states, with its interference in internal affairs and destabilizing and undermining security of the GCC states", he said.

"The four countries will continue to adhere to these demands until Qatar responds to these demands", he said.

Arab foreign ministers meet in Cairo, Egypt, September 12, 2017.

The 13 demands submitted by these countries and the six principles are in fact meant to highlight the Qatari violations and call on it to abide by former agreements, he said, citing that Qatar did not abide by the Riyadh Agreements of 2013 and 2014, and continued its negative and hostile policies towards the countries of the region.

He went on to say that the boycotting countries refused to actively interact with the efforts of Doha to settle the dispute and described Iran as an "honorable country", a description which received a severe backlash later on in the session.

Doha's decision to resume diplomatic ties with Tehran comes amid a diplomatic rift between Qatar and several Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.

Saudi Arabia in June led a coalition of Middle East countries in severing ties with Qatar, adding a layer of geopolitical risk to the global energy market.

In response, Qattan said: "Congratulations to Iran and soon, God willing, you will regret it".

"This is not a fake crisis; rather, it is the result of Qatar's backing for extremism and conspiracy against its neighbours", said Gargash.

He further criticized what he called Qatar's "historic support" for terrorism and extremist factions.

A day earlier, Saudi Arabia said it was breaking off any talks with Qatar, accusing the small Persian Gulf state of misreporting the content of a phone call between Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad and Saudi Crown Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman.

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