She added that it was “impossible to describe those procedures as just a diplomatic blockade”, because they had an impact across various other aspects – humanitarian, rights-related, economic and others. 

“We are working on responding to that officially with proof and evidence,” he said. “We see this as an escalation and it is unjustified, and what used to happen behind the scenes is now uncovered.”

It comes just a months after the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain abruptly cut ties with Qatar and threatened to expand their embargo on Doha if it failed to accept a long list of demands, including the closure of the Qatar-funded Al Jazeera television.

”She considered that the incident was a flagrant violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the State of Qatar, as well as a flagrant violation of the provisions of international law, conventions, charters and international norms.”

She stressed that while Qatar hopes the issues can be resolved through diplomatic channels and dialogue, all efforts will be made to ensure that people adversely affected by the siege get redress.

“During the age of aggression, extremism has flourished.”

“Moreover, the report described these measures, especially the economic ones, as an ‘economic war’; this is an issue that must be taken into consideration,” HE al-Khater added.

The ambassador said: “HE Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al -Than confirmed that the UAE plane entered the airspace of the State of Qatar without prior knowledge or approval of the competent Qatari authorities.

In November, Qatar warned that the Middle East is on the verge of entering the “dark ages” as it accused its neighbours of playing a “dangerous game of power”.

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