Doha, June 6: After being isolated by five Gulf nations, Qatar getting into defensive mode said that it does not support any form of terrorism and said the decision was in "violation of its sovereignty". Qatar has also expressed surprise over the decision by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Bahrain, and Yemen to cut diplomatic ties and termed it as "unjustified".
The Qatari Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said, "It was clear from the outset that the aim of the media campaign and the decision to cut off diplomatic and consular relations and close the borders is to pressure Qatar to abandon its national decision-making and sovereignty."
The measures are unjustified and are based on claims and allegations that have no basis in fact," the foreign minister said in another statement, adding that the decisions would not affect the normal lives of citizens and residents.
Qatar's Foreign Minister also said that Kuwait is trying to mediate and solve a diplomatic crisis that has seen Arab nations cut off diplomatic ties. He said Kuwait's ruler had asked Qatar's ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to hold off on giving a speech about the crisis.
Meanwhile, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, “Arab nations cutting ties with Qatar GCC's internal matter.” She also added that New Delhi is only trying to find out if any of its nationals is adversely impacted due to the development. The minister expressed hope that things will get normal within the GCC as such things have happened in the past as well.
Notably, the rift was started between these nations after Qatar's ruling emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani gave inflammatory comments over Trump’s visit to Saudi and therefore Riyadh blocked several news channels of Doha. Qatar’s Emir attacked U.S. foreign policy while praising Iran and vowing to withdraw its diplomatic representation from several Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia. Qatari Emir al-Thani also described Iran as an "Islamic power" and strongly criticized President Trump's policy towards Tehran.
After which other Gulf nations including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Bahrain, and Yemen announced to cut off all the diplomatic ties with Qatar.