Qatari emir: Boycotting Arab nations don't want to negotiate

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In a speech to the Shura Council, the upper house of parliament, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said his government had nonetheless put in place contingency plans as he expected the bitter political dispute with his neighbours and former allies to drag on. The necessary legislation would be ready in 2018.

"We do not fear the boycott of these countries against us, we are a thousand times better off without them", the emir said, adding however that "vigilance is required". It was evident from the nature of the steps that were taken, as well as the accompanying behavior and rhetoric, that their goal was not to reach a solution or settlement.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates began their boycott of Qatar on 5th of June over allegations that Qatar supports extremists.

Sheikh Tamim nonetheless said his government was working on "introducing a number of food security projects" and had "given special attention to water security" as it looked to a future without its former Arab allies.

"Qatar has pursued a policy of self-restraint, moderate response, and has risen above all wrangles and misbehavior in respect for our values and norms and out of our keenness to maintain the fraternal relations among the Gulf peoples".

"No signs blockading countries want to solve the crisis", the emir said.