HE Qatar's Ambassador to Turkey Salem bin Mubarak Al Shafi said that countries blockading Qatar want to use the subject of terrorism to mislead the international community and the major powers about the true nature of their intentions and their illegal and inhuman actions against Qatar.
In an interview with Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah, HE Salim bin Mubarak Al Shafi said that the siege measures against the State of Qatar will remain an everlasting disgrace, pointing out that the siege countries are repeating baseless allegations about the State of Qatar's connection with financing or supporting terrorism.
In response to a question that some people consider these measures as a boycott and not as a siege, he said Qatar has land borders only with Saudi Arabia, and when Riyadh closes the border, it means cutting off our land from the outside world that definitely is a siege. He pointed that Saudi newspapers like Okaz, Al Eqtisadiah and Asharq Al Awsat described the measures taken against Qatar as a "siege", adding that Western countries also see it as a siege and not a boycott.
He added that they prevented Qatari aircraft from flying over their land, but Qatar was able to break this blockade by flying through the airspace of Iran and Turkey. They would have closed that too if they could, he added.
"Even if we agree that it is a boycott, they contradict themselves by saying that they have prevented their companies and citizens from dealing with Qatar and then the Saudi offering to help Qatar by supplying food and medicines. Of course we refused the offer that because we did not need that, even under the siege," HE the Ambassador said.
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