Qatar's Foreign Minister: Blockade aimed at putting Qatar under "guardianship"

Qatar's Foreign Minister: Blockade aimed at putting Qatar under "guardianship"

Qatar's foreign minister: "the real motivation behind the siege was not fighting terrorism, but rather to interfere in our foreign policy and undermine its sovereignty".
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Qatar's foreign minister says the blockade imposed on Qatar by neighbouring Gulf countries violates international law and human rights and urged the international community to show responsibility towards the Saudi led blockade.

Speaking at a UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva on Monday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said Qatar faced numerous challenges because of the "illegal imposition" by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain after accusing Doha of funding "terrorism", allegations that Qatar has strongly rejected.

The foreign minister criticized the “low level of media discourse of the blockading countries”.

He emphasised that the blockading countries tried to "hide facts from people" and fabricated allegations of supporting "terrorism".

"The real motivation behind the siege was not fighting terrorism, but rather to interfere in our (Qatar's) foreign policy and undermine its sovereignty," Sheikh Mohammed said, adding the GCC crisis will only be solved through dialogue.

"The state of Qatar reaffirms its position in rejecting and condemning terrorism in all its forms, whatever the cause and motives are. Qatar is an active member in the coalition to counter terrorism. 

"So despite any challenges and allegations, Qatar is willing to talk." He said.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said there are currently about 26,000 cases filed with Qatar's National Human Rights Committee over the blockade. He said he is looking forward to having "measures taken against the blockading countries" by the international community.

"These Gulf countries have taken illegal measures that constitute a grave violation of civil, economic and social human rights, including banning Qatari citizens travelling or transiting through their territories," "This has torn apart many families and has interrupted education and the right to work in Qatar" Sheikh Mohammed said in the session.

 

Source: Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs + Reports 

 

 

 

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