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December 16 2017, 10:30 | Irvin Gilbert
Qatar strongly denies the allegations and has expressed a willingness to engage in talks to resolve the crisis.
Sheikh Sabah also has traveled to Saudi Arabia in his efforts.
Article 29 of the cybercrime law criminalises any online publication of information "with intent to make sarcasm or damage the reputation, prestige or stature of the state or... any of its symbols".
In a sign of support for Doha, Turkey's parliament on Wednesday approved an agreement to expand the number of troops deployed to a Turkish base in Qatar.
He suggested Qatar was funding extremism. On Wednesday, Emirati officials shut down the airline's offices in the UAE. Western officials long have accused Qatar's government of allowing or even encouraging the funding of some Sunni extremists, and the Qatari government has openly supported the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
But Sheikh Mohammed told the AP that Sheikh Tamim "is not going to leave the country while the country is in blockade", in effect turning down the mediation offer. "Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!"
The government of Qatar claimed a May 23 report published by Qatar News Agency that quoted the nation's ruler was a result of a hack on the news site.
Sheikh Mohammed said that Qatar had not yet been presented with a list of demands by countries that cut off diplomatic and transport links with it, but insisted the matter be solved peacefully.
"It was started based on fabricated news, being wedged and being inserted in our national news agency, which was hacked and proved by the Federal Bureau of Investigation", he added.
Qatar's foreign minister rejected attempts to interfere in the country's foreign policy on Thursday, defying calls from the emirate's Gulf neighbours despite an escalating crisis. "We believe this issue can be dealt with among the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council", he told a news conference with his German counterpart during a visit to Berlin that was broadcast on Saudi state television. The report was widely picked up by regional media outlets, which continued circulating it after Qatar's denial. "But all those vague accusations without any solid argument we're not really ready to answer".