Emirate prepares for sanctions and signals rejection of Gulf nations’ demands to lift blockade, which include closing al-Jazeera

Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia and its regional allies of attempting to force it to surrender its sovereignty as it gave the strongest signal yet that it has rejected the 13 demands to lift the blockade imposed last month.

The Qatari foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, on Tuesday described the blockade as “unprovoked, unjustified and unwarranted” as the deadline to comply passed. He said his country would not accept any proposals that breach international law or interfere with its sovereignty.

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