Qatari emir vows won't bow to demands by Saudi-led bloc

Postado Novembro 14, 2017

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said on Tuesday that Arab states that had imposed sanctions on his country in June over allegations of supporting terrorism were not interested in a solution to the crisis.

Sheikh Tamim said his country also planned to hold elections for the Shura Council, whose 45 members are now appointed by the emir. The necessary legislation would be ready in 2018.

"We express our readiness for a compromise within the framework of a dialogue based on mutual respect for sovereignty and common obligations, but on the other hand we recognise that the indicators that come from the blockade states show they do not want to reach a solution", Emir said.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in June announced they had severed ties with Qatar, sealing off the emirate's only land border in the wide-ranging boycott.

Sheikh Tamim nonetheless said his government was working on "introducing a number of food security projects" and had "given special attention to water security" as it looked to a future without its former Arab allies.

The four countries have "put pressure and published rumours and fabrications" against Qatar hosting the World Cup in 2022.

"Qatar has pursued a policy of self-restraint, moderate response to maintain the fraternal relations among the gulf peoples", the emir added.