Qatar received an invitation to participate in the Mecca summits despite the Saudi-led blockade launched against the Gulf country since 2017.
Rabat – Qatar has criticized the outcomes of the emergency summits convened by Saudi Arabia to discuss “aggression” in the region over the weekend.
The meetings’ initiative comes after Saudi Arabia accused Iran of ordering the attacks against the two Saudi oil pumping stations at Yanbu, on the west coast of Saudi Arabia.
Qatari Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani heavily criticized Saudi Arabia due to the continuation of Saudi-led blockade against his country since 2017.
He said: “The Gulf statement talked about a unified Gulf, but where is it amid the continuation of Qatar’s blockade?”
Saudi Arabia along with Egypt, UAE and its other allies imposed a major blockade against Qatar, accusing it of supporting “terrorism.” Qatar also expressed “reservations” about the final statement of the emergency summits over Iran.
Qatar’s foreign minister said: “the statements condemned Iran but did not refer to a moderate policy to speak with Tehran.”
He added that the summits supports Washington’s policy toward Tehran “and not one that takes the neighborhood into consideration.”
Saudi Arabia and UAE argued that the Qatari comment came out of pressure from Iran.
UAE foreign affairs minister said in a tweet: “Seems to me that attendance and agreement in meetings and then backtracking on what was decided on is (a result of) pressure on the weak that lack sovereignty or have ill intentions or lack credibility, and it might be all these factors.”
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of state for foreign affairs Adel al-Jubeir also criticized Qatar, saying that “countries … during summits announce their positions and reservations in the meetings according to customs and not after the meetings.”