“I think everybody that works very closely with us will understand clearly where we stand on these issues,” he said. “And that’s why we’re working very closely with our allies to explain where we stand on those things, and we’re happy to address if there’s any specific issue that we are not aware of.”
To be sure, the Saudi-led Sunni Muslim coalition is seen by some analysts to be chiefly concerned with Qatar’s overtures to regional Shiite Iran and its news agency Al Jazeera, which has long been a thorn in other Gulf nations’ side. While the countries stress the terror financing issue, they are also seen to be trying to bring Qatar in line with Saudi-dominated foreign policy.
Emadi did discuss his impressions of how the diplomatic spat reached this point.
“Well, I think we go back to all the reports that we’ve seen, especially in the last few weeks or the last few months, Emadi said.
“We know who’s behind it. We know that all these things are really to put propaganda against Qatar and to make all these allegations to weaken our point of views here and to really encourage the international community to take some stands against Qatar.”
But he did not answer a question on whether Saudi Arabia was a focus.
“I will not put any names here, but I think I will leave this for the audience.”
— Jacob Pramuk contributed to this story.