Qatar rejects Arab states' accusations

Qatar rejects Arab states' accusations

Qatar rejects Arab states' accusations

Accusations by the Arab quartet which imposed a blockade against Qatar over the monarchy's alleged support of terrorism are baseless defamation, the country's foreign ministry said.

Doha's National Human Rights Committee in June said the sanctions represented a violation of the rights of some 140 Qatari pupils studying in the UAE, Saudi and Bahrain.

Hamburg - Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir held talks on Saturday with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on joint efforts to combat terrorism and extremism, as well as regional and worldwide developments.

The unprecedented crisis in the Persian Gulf region unfolded on June 5, when Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt severed ties with Qatar, officially accusing Doha of supporting "terrorism" and destabilizing the Middle East, allegations that Qatar says are unjustified and stem from false claims and assumptions.

Jarallah made his remarks after meeting Wednesday with Johnson in London, adding that they both reviewed developments of the Gulf dispute since its beginning, as well as Kuwait's efforts aimed at bridging the gap and reaching a solution to the root causes of the dispute.

Qatar has strenuously denied that it supports extremist groups.

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is in Saudi Arabia for the first in a series of meetings with Gulf leaders over the region's political crisis. "As a result of this blockade", Al-Marri said.

Johnson is urging Gulf states go get behind Kuwait-led efforts to end tensions between Qatar and four Arab countries.

"The Qatari response lacks responsibility and objectivity and undermined Kuwaiti mediation efforts before they even took off".

The demands included shutting down the Doha-based Al Jazeera broadcaster, scaling back cooperation with Iran, closing the Turkish military base in Qatar, and paying an unspecified sum in reparations.

It went on to say that Qatar "is an active member committed to worldwide conventions in combating terrorism and its financing at the regional and global levels".

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Kuwait on Monday on a similar mission.

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