Qatari FM decries 'unprecedented smear campaign' from fellow Gulf nations at Chatham House

Qatar calls for dialogue with Gulf countries leading blockade despite the "clear aggression and insult" it has created, stated Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani, the Qatari Foreign Minister, at a talk at the London-based think-tank Chatham House, Wednesday.

al-Thani explained that "In the beginning of April Qatar was subjected to a carefully orchestrated and unprecedented smear campaign designed to misrepresent our policies and our positions on key issues affecting our region."

"As the 48 hours extension is coming to an end, Qatar continues to call for dialogue, despite the violations of international laws and regulation, despite the separation of 12,000 families, despite the siege that is a clear aggression and insult to all international treaties, bodies and jurisdictions" he said.

Qatar faces diplomatic isolation from some of the largest countries in the Middle East. Egypt, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Bahrain simultaneously broke off diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5, making accusations of Qatar's support for terrorist organisation's. Kuwait is mediating the Qatar-Gulf dispute as the extended deadline for the latter's demands approaches.

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