giovedì 1 marzo 2018
Four countries boycotting Qatar issue statement in response to Qatar's statement at UN Human Rights Council
The permemant delegations of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Arab Republic of Egypt affirmed that the speech made by the Qatari minister of foreign affairs at the High-level Segment of the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council contained many ''fallacies''.
The four countries used the right to reply following the Qatari statement at the meeting.
"The permanent representatives of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt would like to use the right to reply to the speech made by the Qatari minister of foreign affairs to engage the esteemed Council in a diplomatic crisis which it ignited. The Qataris are trying to marketing the secondary crisis in the regional and international forums as a "'major international crisis'' that should draw the attention of the world community.
We view that this minor political crisis between our countries and Qatar should be solved within the context of ongoing mediation by the Emir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, whose mediation efforts have been receiving full support and appreciation from the leaders of our countries. We still believe this mediation is the optimum channel to tackle the causes of this political crisis and its consequences.
The four countries have replied to the report compiled by the UN Commission for Human rights on the invitation by Qatar and a detailed statement was presented to the UN Commission. Our countries expressed their point of view on the report through a press joint statement issued by the four boycotting countries. Qatar should choose either to be a state that believes in the principle of good neighbourliness and seeks to build positive relations with its neighbouring countries like other countries of the civilised world or continue to breach the international law and other regional and international conventions to counter terrorism, and funding and supporting terrorism. Qatar can not do this and take the opposite direction at the same time.
The four countries would like to confirm Qatar's role in supporting extremist and terrorist ideologies and spreading the message of hatred and incitement of violence through the media platform.
The four countries want Qatar to change its behaviour of supporting terrorist organisations, and immediately end its funding of these organisations. Through this international platform, we ask Qatar not to make Doha a haven for individuals promoting terrorist acts.
Qatar which used to speak about respect for human rights and the right of people to self determination is also hosting leaders of the international organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood whom the world see nothing but a dark thought that only produces to humanity terrorist organisations like Al-Qaaeda, the mother of a number of terrorist groups that are no less criminal like Daesh and Al-Nusra Front.
Therefore, our countries will continue to practice their sovereign right to boycott the government of Qatar - a right that is quaranteed by international law - in defence of any harm or deliberate act that target our security and intervention in our internal affairs, and breach of the principle of good neighbourliness, an original principle in international relations".
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Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Rome