Qatar's foreign ministry spokeswoman Lulwa Al-Khater

“Doha withdrew its ambassador to Iran without any direct interest in the country, and we were surprised that those who closed the doors to us were the ones who cut off the relations for them, and those who reopened the doors have cut off Doha with them diplomatic relations,” Khater said in a press interview.
Al-Khater pointed out that relations with Iran are economic and that most of the goods entering Doha are not Iranian, but through Iran, and that the amounts taken as transit fees are not compared to the size of trade, for example between the UAE and Iran.
As for the siege on Qatar, Al-Khater said that the Qatari discourse was far from duplicity, unlike the countries of the blockade, noting that closing the political and diplomatic tracks of the current crisis on the one hand and resorting to other tactics on the other, deepened the crisis to a clear degree. “Doha has dealt wisely with all positions since the beginning of the crisis,” and “the role of the media is very important, as it revealed the contradictions of the countries of the blockade.”
With regard to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir’s attempt to minimize Qatar’s crisis by saying, “It is very, very small,” Al-Khater said, “How is the Qatar crisis small while it took a large part of the speech before the European Parliament?” The exterior became more expansive after the siege.
On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain severed diplomatic relations with Qatar, imposed a land and sea blockade and expelled Qatari nationals from its territory.


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