"We are not ready to surrender", Qatar's foreign minister says

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The foreign minister said daily life and projects in Qatar will not be affected, stressing that Qatar designed its programmes and took such steps in order to independently achieve its vision regardless of any political pressures. Saudi Arabia earlier issued a list of demands to Qatar, including severing ties with Iran and expelling leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

"No one has the right to intervene in our foreign policy", Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said.

And he was even tougher on media reports suggesting Qatar supports the Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels fighting the internationally recognised government in Yemen. Qatar relies heavily on food imports, especially those coming over its only land border with Saudi Arabia.

"40 percent of UAE power depends on the natural gas of Qatar and we will respect the LNG agreements we have signed with the UAE".

Qatar would not yield to it, he said.

The rift in the Arab world escalated days after US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, which was meant to demonstrate the unity of America and its Arab allies.

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On Monday, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing the latter of supporting terrorist organizations and destabilizing the situation in the Middle East.

Sheikh Mohammed on Tuesday reiterated the denial of the accusations.

"We have been isolated because we are successful and progressive..."

Kuwaiti emir Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad al Sabah has said that he has initiated mediation efforts to seek a solution to the regional crisis but the minister said that his country had not yet received any request. "We are a platform for peace, a platform for alternative policy in this region", he added.

The unfolding Arab crisis is drawing in additional players every day. "So when the Qatari foreign minister says "listen, we need to engage in dialogue", we have done that for many years - that's just a statement for western consumption".

"There are question marks over the future of GCC because internal ties in the council should be based on solidarity and cooperation and everyone knows that Gulf peoples are united by one culture as well as kinship", Sheikh Mohammed told Al Jazeera, adding that "using the council as a tool to impose a guardianship on a member state or thinking about imposing a guardianship on, interfering in our internal affairs and addressing the people is unacceptable".

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