Abdullah bin Zayed: We consider Qatari people in every step we take

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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al Jubeir deemed today Qatar's request to internationalize the holy places as an aggression and declaring a war against Saudi Arabia.

"We have the right to respond to any party working in the field of internationalization of the holy places. The history of the Kingdom is clear in facilitating the arrival of pilgrims," he said.

The Saudi foreign minister considered Qatar's decision to prevent Qatari citizens from pilgrimage, reflecting their disrespect for the Qatari pilgrims, expressing the Kingdom's welcome to them.

He affirmed that all actions taken by the four countries were due to the Qatari government's policy of supporting and funding terrorism, hosting people involved in terrorism, promoting hate and interfering in the other countries' internal affairs.

Asked about Qatar's relations with Iran, Al Jubeir said: "Qatar bears the consequences of relations with Iran but we don't think the Qatari people will accept any Iranian role in Qatar."

He said the four countries are ready for talks with Qatar on implementing the the six principles announced at the Cairo meeting.

"Qatar talks about everything, except for halting terror funding, instigation, harbouring wanted people and interfering in other countries' internal affairs," he added.

Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Foreign Minister of Bahrain, said the four countries expressed their willingness to engage in dialogue with Qatar.

He praised his country's cooperation with Egypt in all fields, especially the joint military exercises between the two countries.

Sameh Shukry, Foreign Minister of Egypt, also lauded cooperation with Bahrain.

"This military cooperation contributes maintaining Arab security, as well as the security of Bahrain and Egypt," he said.