Qatar’s foreign minister on Thursday accused Arab states of violating international law in their boycott of the country and described the United Nations as the “right place” for Doha to seek options to overcome measures imposed against it. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar on June 5, accusing the major gas-exporting Gulf state of financing terrorism and cozying up to their arch-rival Iran. Doha denies the charges.
While Egypt last week accused Qatar of adopting a “pro-terrorist” policy that violated U.N. Security Council resolutions and described it as “shameful,” that the 15-member body has not held Qatar accountable.Any push to impose U.N. sanctions would likely be difficult as it needs either consensus approval behind closed doors by the Security Council or a vote on a resolution, which would need nine votes in favor and no vetoes.Efforts by Kuwait to mediate in the dispute have so far yielded little progress.The boycotting countries want Qatar to cut back ties with Iran, close a Turkish military base in Qatar and shut the Al Jazeera TV channel. “We want to solve this issue by dialogue and we are not willing to escalate and they need to retreat from all their legal actions,” said Al-Thani, who also met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington on Wednesday.
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