Russia, Pakistan, India Not to Cut Qatar Ties

Russia, Pakistan, India Not to Cut Qatar Ties

TEHRAN (FNA)- Moscow, Islamabad and New Delhi announced that they have no intention to cut their diplomatic ties with Qatar after Riyadh, Manama, Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Tripoli and Malé decided to sever ties with the Arab State.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Moscow had no intention to meddle in the Arab states’ decision to break off diplomatic relations with Qatar.
“Russia’s position is that the current diplomatic rift in the Persian Gulf region is a concern of each country involved,” Lavrov said, adding that while Russia does not rule out the occurrence of disputes, the country is “never happy” to see problems in relations between states.
“We are interested in keeping good relations with everyone, especially in the region, where the most important thing is to focus all efforts on fighting the common threat, which is that of international terrorism,” the Russian Foreign Minister stressed
Lavrov also had a phone conservation with his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, on Monday, calling for the resolution of differences between Qatar and other Arab states through talks.
Meanwhile, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters that a “stable and peaceful” situation in the Persian Gulf was in Russia’s interest, hoping that the current diplomatic row between Qatar and Arab states would not influence “the common determination and resolve in the joint fight against international terrorism.”
Indian Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also said that New Delhi would not be impacted by some Persian Gulf countries cutting off diplomatic ties with Qatar.
“There is no challenge arising out of this for us. This is an internal matter of GCC. Our only concern is about Indians there. We are trying to find out if any Indians are stuck there,” she told reporters.
Separately, a Spokesman for the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said on Monday that Islamabad had no immediate plans to sever diplomatic ties with Doha.
“At the moment there is nothing on Qatar issue, (we) will issue a statement if some development takes place,” Nafees Zakaria stressed.
Libya and the Republic of Maldives announced Monday that they have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar following a similar decision by Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.
The conflict between Qatar and its neighbors occurred one week after the Arab-American Summit in Riyadh, when the Qatari news agency posted a speech on behalf of the country’s emir in support of building relations with Iran.
At the summit, Saudi Arabia on behalf of all the guests condemned Iran and threatened the country.
Later, the official representative of the Qatari Foreign Ministry said that the agency’s site was hacked, and the speech on behalf of the emir was published by hackers and has nothing to do with the Qatari leader.
However, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain considered this refutation to be unconvincing and continued to insist that the words about the normalization of relations with Iran really belong to the emir.
Meanwhile, Qatar protested the unjustified decision of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to cut ties with the country.
“We regret the decision to sever relations,” the the Qatari Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that “these measures are unjustified, they are based on assertions without foundation.”
“The State of Qatar is an active member of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the [Persian] Gulf [GCC], respects its charter, respects the sovereignty of other states and does not interfere in their internal affairs, and also fulfills its obligations to combat terrorism and extremism,” the ministry stressed.