Qatar accused Arab nations of 'publicity stunt' as diplomatic crisis deepens

File: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar on June 5 in the worst diplomatic crisis in the region in years. Photo: REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

DOHA - Qatar hit out on Monday at four Arab nations for cutting diplomatic ties and transport links, over Doha's alleged support for terrorism.

Qatar accused the group of a "publicity stunt" aimed solely at attacking its image and reputation.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar on June 5 in the worst diplomatic crisis in the region in years.

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"The blockade has been ongoing for two weeks and the blockading nations have offered no formula for resolving the crisis," said Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed al-Thani, director of Qatar's government communications office, in a statement.

"It is unfortunate that our neighbours have chosen to invest their time and resources in a baseless propaganda campaign... The blockading nations are using terrorism as a publicity stunt."

The four countries accuse Qatar of fomenting instability in the Middle East, funding terrorism and cosying up to Shi'te power Iran, accusations that Qatar denies.

Reuters

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