I wish to underline that there is no 'rift' between YB Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Minister of Defence and Minister with Special Functions and myself, particularly on the upcoming state visit by the Emir of Qatar in October as claimed by a local news portal on 15 August 2017. YB Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and I have long been working very well and closely with each other on many occasions.

The Government of Malaysia looks forward to the state visit by the Emir of Qatar and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with other Malaysian government agencies are currently making the necessary preparations for the visit.

On the broader issue of the ongoing difficulties between the Arab Quartet and Qatar, the Malaysian Government's position has been made very clear through the statement issued by YAB Prime Minister on 12 July 2017.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia