Qatar’s monarchy claimed that the break in diplomatic ties by leading Arab countries was aimed at violating the kingdom’s sovereignty. The country’s authorities sent a clear message to its citizens: “The measures are unjustified and are based on claims and allegations that have no basis in fact and they will not affect the normal lives of citizens and residents.”
The Emir of Qatar during the 27th Arab League Summit Photo Credit: EPA
The recently isolated kingdom became infuriated this morning (Monday) when four leading Arab countries cut off their diplomatic ties with Qatar claiming that “the measures are unjustified and are based on claims and allegations that have no basis in fact.” Local authorities in Qatar assured citizens that they will not be affected by the act, which they claim had “no legitimate justification,” and also declared that they will not allow Qatar’s sovereignty to be violated.
Meanwhile, Yemen and Libya joined the movement and announced that they will also be severing diplomatic ties with the regime in Doha. “We respect the sovereignty of other nations and do not intervene in their matters,” the kingdom wrote in an official statement. The Qatari Foreign Ministry also condemned the move claiming that the “aim is clear and it is to impose guardianship on the state.” In response to Etihad Airways’ decision to halt flights to and from Doha, Qatar Airways announced that it would halt its flights to and from Saudi Arabia.