Saudi-led blockade aims to interfere in Qatar's internal affairs: PM

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-23 16:58:40|Editor: Zhou Xin
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DOHA, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Saudi-led blockade on Qatar is created to interfere in the country's internal affairs, the Qatari Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani said Thursday.

"This is unacceptable and is a red line for the people of Qatar," al-Thani made the remarks when talking to Al Haqiqa (The truth) program broadcast on Qatar TV.

Talking about the accusation of supporting terrorism by the Gulf nations, the prime minister said this accusation is false, and has other aims, which are known to everyone. "Qatar plays a role in the detection of terrorist cells in the region, especially in some GCC countries," he said.

He said Qatar is open for the constructive dialogue between all parties but respecting state's sovereignty and non-interfering in internal affairs should be maintained.

Al-Thani also praised the Kuwaiti mediation efforts to resolve the Gulf rift. "Qatar has supported Kuwait's emir mediation efforts. In my view the solution to the crisis will come only from within the Gulf," he added.

Asked about the economic impacts on Qatar due to the siege, he said, the crisis positively impacted the economy, which has led Qatar to work on achieving self-sufficiency, adding that the dairy production covered 40% of the needs of the Qatari market.

The prime minister said "we will not allow our country to be harmed. Qatar is not an easy target and it will remain glorious."