Says Arab countries are not interested in resolving problems with Qatar
DOHA, Nov 14 (SABAH): Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani while addressing the 46th ordinary session of the Advisory (Shura) Council on Tuesday said that the state has no intentions to respond to the demands of Arab States and to make any concessions to solve the crisis. He said that the Arab countries are not interested in resolving problems with Qatar.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani insisted that Qatar does not fear the boycott as it has become better after cutting off ties with the Gulf states, describing it as an “unjust embargo that violates all values.”
As for the allegations of Qatar’s funding terrorism, Tamim noted that “the international community cannot be deceived by these allegations and Qatar’s record of combating terrorism through history is well known.”
He confirmed on this regard that his country will continue to support the international mediation efforts in Libya and the government of national concordance for their attempts to reach reconciliation between all Libyan parties.
He said Qatar has come under an unjust blockade, during which all established values and norms – not only those prevalent among fraternal and friendly countries, but even among enemies – were breached. It was evident from the nature of the steps that were taken, as well as the accompanying behavior and rhetoric that their goal was not to reach a solution or settlement, he said.
Sheikh Tamim said I will not elaborate on the repercussions of those steps, as they have already been discussed at every social gathering and household, especially since the blockading countries have left nothing without endangering it, i.e., the norms, values, consanguineous relations, private properties and interests. He said accordingly, they provoked the condemnation and repulsion of the Gulf, Arab and global public opinion.
He said “They have built their campaign on fabrications since the hacking of Qatar News Agency’s website. Their propaganda campaign drives them to get embroiled in more lies which hurt them alone”.
He said Qatar has pursued a policy of self-restraint, moderate response, and has risen above all wrangles and misbehavior in respect for our values and norms and out of our keenness to maintain the fraternal relations among the Gulf peoples. He said Qatar’s political approach and diplomacy have gained the respect of the whole world.
He said “It seems that the countries which imposed the blockade on Qatar have been embroiled in it. They have become captives of their own media rhetoric, as attempts made to give them a way out through mediations and dialogue as well as our declared readiness for settlements, etc., did not succeed. It also seems that, this has become their approach, as they became hasty in taking steps in other countries as well, without having any exit strategy from the situation they tend to implicate themselves in”.
He said the fabrications regarding supporting and financing terrorism leveled against the State of Qatar have failed to convince the international community, especially the major powers and active countries in this field. Paradoxically, our originally good relations with these countries are now better than they were before the crisis.
He said that the State of Qatar has a well-known and documented counterterrorism record. Qatar has acceded to the international and regional treaties in this respect, foremost of which is the United Nations Convention against the Financing of Terrorism of 1999, and has contributed to every international and regional effort in this regard. Recently, it has signed a detailed Memorandum of Understanding with the US administration on combating terrorism and its financing.
He said many foreign officials have asked the blockading countries to submit evidence for their claims; and you all know that they did not submit anything because they haven’t anything to submit. They know, and everyone who visits them from the politicians knows, that their campaign against Qatar has nothing to do with terrorism.
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He said “Here in Qatar, we are used to frankness between the leadership and the people, as is the case in a family. I am addressing you very clearly that we mean what we say when we express our readiness for settlements within the framework of dialogue based on mutual respect for sovereignty and joint commitments. On the other hand, we are aware that the indicators we receive reveal that the siege countries are unwilling to reach a solution”.
He said these countries began in their conduct a new phase in the relations between the Gulf states. We have benefited from this experience, as it brought out the best talents and spirit of challenge inherent in this people, and contributed to crystallizing its national identity, and enhanced cohesion between the people and the leadership, he said.
Sheikh Tamim said “Our government knows that what we have said about the productive society, self-sufficiency in food and medicine and the national security, and establishing balanced bilateral relations based on the mutual interests between Qatar and other countries, are tasks for implementation that cannot be delayed”.
He said the blockading countries want to distract us in battlefronts they open against Qatar everywhere, so that our internal and external policies are disrupted. But this will not happen, as we continue to pursue our positive and effective foreign policy and meet our humanitarian and international obligations, which contribute also to defending our people and our country. Domestically, we have to continue to work and produce more vigorously under the new circumstances. I do not need to remind you of the number of countries that are thriving with sea and air routes, without having land crossings, he said.
He said the Qatari society knows how to lead a normal life, flourish and develop, whether the blockade is prolonged or not.
He said “We do not fear the boycott of these countries against us, we are a thousand times better off without them. But vigilance is required. Their claims that they will only adopt boycott are not true, as they continue to interfere in the internal affairs of our country and take collective punitive measures against the Qatari people, and practice incitement everywhere against the State of Qatar, thus wasting the energies and resources of their peoples although these efforts hurt them. This dispute is a nowin situation. Its continuation will dent the reputation and interests of all the GCC countries”.
He said the measures taken by the blockading countries were aimed at creating a political shock, affecting Qatar’s stability and forcing us to accept tutelage and cede our independence. Then they have moved on to a second plan that is still being applied. It could be summed up as an attempt to harm our economy. But they have erred in their evaluation of the will of the Qatari people and the State, as well as in their estimates of our economy, he said.
He said “The negative impacts of the blockade were temporary and our economy has managed to contain most of them very quickly, while adapting and developing itself in the course of the crisis management.
These campaigns have not affected our major exports of oil and gas. On the contrary, our respect for our gas export contracts – even to countries that have played a leading role in the campaign against our country – has boosted the confidence of the international community in our credibility to honor our commitments, in addition to our keenness not to harm a brotherly people”.
He said “We congratulate our Palestinian brethren on the unity which has been realised. We hope that ending the Palestinian rift will lead to lifting the siege on Gaza and unifying efforts to find a just and durable solution for the Palestinian issue based on the resolutions of international legitimacy and the two-state solution, and the establishment of a Palestinian State on the borders of 5 June 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital”.
Sheikh Tamim said “On the Syrian issue, we hope that the international efforts will be active in finding a just solution to this tragedy that fulfills the aspirations of the Syrian people after a lengthy inaction, and alleviates the suffering of the brotherly Syrian people, and ends the breach of their inviolabilities and dignity. We reaffirm the unity of the Syrian territory and people and reject any action leading to its partition”.
He said regarding Libya, the State of Qatar supports the Government of National Accord in its efforts to bring about reconciliation between the conflicting Libyan factions and to counter terrorism. We will continue to support the international mediation efforts in this brotherly country.
He said “Concerning Yemen, Qatar supports the efforts of the United Nations envoy to end the crisis in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2216. We call upon all parties to a genuine national reconciliation to end this conflict, preserve the stability, safety and territorial integrity of Yemen, and put an end to the suffering of the Yemeni people, who are the major party to bear the whole brunt of the continuation of the war”.
He said “I also reiterate the call to the Government of Myanmar to put an end to the suffering of the Rohingya, and to resolve the crisis in a constructive dialogue that preserves the rights of all parties. Qatar will spare no effort in collaboration with friendly states and the international community in this regard”.