Saudi Arabia ambassador hits out at Qatar's policies

Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman

However, Saudi state news agency SPA soon broke the news that Riyadh was suspending all dialogue and communication with Doha and accused the Qatar News Agency (QNA) of "distorting facts" while reporting on the phone conversation.

Qattan said the four Arab states -Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt - have taken the sovereign measures against Qatar because of its wrong policies in terms of supporting and financing terrorism and hosting those involved in terrorism on its territory, spreading hatred and interfering in the internal affairs of other states.

The four have also insisted that Doha scales down its relations with Iran, as part of conditions to renew relations.

Qatar's foreign minister used a fiery opening statement at an Arab League summit to praise Iran, the regional foe of Saudia Arabia, as an "honourable country". Other regional countries like Kuwait and Oman, meanwhile, could actually benefit because of trade diversions that resulted from the dispute, though the overall impact on growth will be negligible.

Qattan said that the great success of this year's Haj season is a befitting reply to those who attempted to politicize Haj whether it is Iran or Qatar.

UAE's Gargash said the Gulf crisis continued "due to Qatar's unwillingness for peace".

Israel's neighbors in the Middle East continue to sling mud at one another in their quarrel over Qatar.

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More than three months since the diplomatic row began, Qatar faces large economic, financial and social costs stemming from related travel and trade restrictions, Moody's said adding that Qatar's future credit trajectory will depend heavily on the evolution of the dispute.

"The Qatari diplomat lamented Kattan's tone in the exchange, saying: "[It] is all threats and I don't think he has the authority to threaten and speak like this".

Zarif made the remarks during a meeting with Qatar's Ambassador to Iran Ali bin Ahmed Ali al-Sulaiti.

"This is an improper thing to say because the kingdom of Saudi Arabia will never resort to such cheap methods and we don't want to change the regime, but you must also know that the kingdom can do anything it wants, God willing", Kattan said.

HE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, who headed the Qatari delegation to the meeting, condemned the attack on the Egyptian police in North Sinai, reiterating Qatar's firm stance rejecting violence and terrorism regardless of motives and reasons, and expressed Qatar's condolences to the families of the victims and the Egyptian people.

Qatar backed a democratically-elected Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt before it was overthrown by the military in 2013.

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