Saudi embassy clarifies misgivings about Qatar’s boycott

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The Saudi Embassy here on Thursday categorically stated that the Kingdom has boycotted the Qatar, not sieged it, travelling and food supply to the country was going on as per routine.

The Kingdom has left us with no option but to boycott Qatar because of its continuous support to terrorist groups in their country, said Marwan R M Mordad, deputy head of mission in the Embassy, while clarifying certain misleading reports about the issue.

About the mediation between the two sides, he said they would welcome it if the Qatari government accepts their certain demands to this effect. Over the years, they have been avoiding taking an aggressive attitude towards Qatar. In fact, they were forced to do so, he added.

A written statement released to the media stated: “Several Arab and Islamic countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over its support for extremist groups which found safe haven in Doha. Qatar has been backing terrorist groups in the province of Qatif, Saudi Arabia. It also alleged that Qatar’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood and Daesh extremists is no more a secret.

The embargo confirms the commitment of Saudi Arabia and its sisterly countries to fight terrorism and block its sources, funding.”

Qatari media is trying to undermine the Saudi-led coalitions in its fight against Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen. It had launched a hostile political stance through its media platform Al-Jazeera, from where it airs the elements of hostility and extremism. It also aired views of leaders from terrorist organisations and their terrorist operations in the neighbouring countries.

It has been misleading to describe the severing of diplomatic relations and the closure of borders and airspace as a siege. It is trying to link the Kingdom ofSaudi Arabia to supporting terrorism by propagating reports to associate Saudi Arabia with the events of September 11.