Qatar on Friday dismissed as "baseless" accusations that it was financing terrorism, in its first public response to a statement from four Arab states leading a boycott against the tiny emirate.
The four — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain — said in a joint statement late Thursday that Doha's refusal to accept their demands to end the diplomatic standoff was proof of its links to terrorist groups.
In their statement, carried by their state media, the four said their initial list of 13 demands was now void and they pledged further political, economic and legal steps against Qatar.
In its first reaction to the statement by the four, Qatar dismissed as "baseless" the renewed accusations that it was interfering in the affairs of other states and financing terrorism.
"The State of Qatar's position on terrorism is consistent and known for its rejection and condemnation of all forms of terrorism, whatever the causes and motives," the state news agency said, quoting a senior Foreign Ministry source.
Qatar was ready to "cooperate and review all claims that do not contradict the sovereignty of the State of Qatar," it added.
Britain's foreign minister, Boris Johnson, arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in a bid to help ease tension in what has become the Gulf's deepest rift in years.
Johnson will also travel to Qatar and Kuwait for talks with senior figures from both countries, Britain's Foreign Office said in London. It did not give a specific date.FILE- Palestinian children wave balloons and Qatari flags while waiting for the convoy of the Emir of Qatar, not pictured, to pass by a street in Gaza City, Oct. 23, 2012. A diplomatic standoff between Qatar and a quartet of Arab nations accusing it of sponsoring terrorism has thrust a spotlight on an opaque network of charities and prominent figures freely operating in Qatar, as well as individuals once embraced by leaders across the Gulf.
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