Qatar, Boycotting Arab States in Heated Arab League Clash

Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman

"The 13 demands made by these countries and the six principles are in fact meant to highlight the Qatari violations and call on it to abide by previous agreements", he said.

The public prosecutor reminded them separately on Twitter that "harming the state's reputation or status" constituted a "terrorist crime".

The blockading states also have accused Doha of supporting regional rival, Iran.

On the heels of the failure of regional and worldwide mediation efforts to narrow differences between the two sides, the stage is set for the growth of tension between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, especially at a time when political disputes and propaganda campaigns in the Persian Gulf have peaked.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly underlined the need for dialogue between the Arab countries to settle the dispute.

He went on to say that the boycotting countries refused to actively interact with the efforts of Doha to settle the dispute and described Iran as an "honorable country", a description which received a severe backlash later on in the session. "The Qataris will be held responsible for such a decision".

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

Qatar denies the allegations and says the moves are politically motivated.

"Their (Qatari's) direction needs to change and we will continue our policies until Qatar changes its policies of aggression against the four boycotting countries, as long as Doha supports and funds terrorism and intervenes in the Middle East countries' internal affairs", Gargash said.

Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry angrily responded to al-Muraikhi during the session, describing his opening speech as "nonsense and unacceptable".

"May God harmonize between their hearts for the good of their people", Awdah said on Twitter after a report of a telephone call between Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss ways to resolve the rift which began in June. The Saudi-led coalition has cut diplomatic ties and imposed steep trade and travel bans, which has forced Qatar to deepen ties with alternative trade partners in an attempt to stabilise social and economic conditions. Qatari foreign minister said on July 31 that the crisis should be solved through diplomacy without touching Qatar's sovereignty and made it clear that Qatar will not accept any demands that are not in line with worldwide law.

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