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

Qatar rejects 'blockade,' denies terror allegations

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.

Qatar long has denied funding extremists, and its foreign minister has struck a defiant tone in interviews, even after anxious residents emptied grocery stores in its capital of Doha.

Former Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has lived in exile in Doha for years and key figures of the group visit Qatar often.

"No one has the right to intervene in our foreign policy", Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al- Thani told AFP. Qatar relies heavily on food imports, especially those coming over its only land border with Saudi Arabia.

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Sheikh Mohammed said Qatar could nonetheless survive "forever", adding that it respected worldwide agreements and would continue supplying liquefied natural gas to the UAE. Riyadh also wants Doha to alter the editorial policy of the Qatar-funded TV broadcaster Al Jazeera, which the Saudis accuse of meddling in domestic affairs of other nations.

Qatar would not yield to it, he said.

Doha later claimed that the report was posted by hackers who compromised the agency's website.

Six Arab countries - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Yemen and Libya - had cut diplomatic ties with Qatar for allegedly supporting terrorism.

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Sheikh Mohammed on Tuesday reiterated the denial of the accusations.

On what was said to be the demands of the states which severed their relations with Qatar, Al-Thani said "There are no clear demands yet, and we are waiting", adding that he does not expect any military escalation in the current crisis.

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

The unfolding Arab crisis is drawing in additional players every day.

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"We have not asked for mediation, we believe this issue can be dealt with among the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)", he told a news conference in Berlin.

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