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Qatar denounces ‘unjustified’ cut of Gulf ties

DOHA, June 5, (APP/AFP) – Qatar on Monday slammed the decisions of three Gulf states and Egypt to sever ties

with it, saying they were “unjustified” and aimed to put Doha under political “guardianship”.

“The measures are unjustified and are based on false and baseless claims,” the Qatari foreign ministry said in a

statement,referring to the unprecedented steps taken by Saudi Arabia,Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

“The aim is clear, and it is to impose guardianship on the state. This by itself is a violation of its (Qatar’s) sovereignty

as a state,” it added.

Doha has long faced accusations that it is a state sponsor of terror.
It has been flayed in some quarters for its support of insurgents groups fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad,

and Qatari individuals have also been sanctioned by the US Treasury for terror-funding activities.

In recent weeks, Qatar has been accused openly of terror funding in articles which have appeared in the American

media. It was also excoriated for providing a safe haven to former Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, who earlier this

month used his Doha base — where he has lived in exile for several years — to launch a new policy document. The

Afghan Taliban opened an office in Doha in 2013.