05 Jun 2018 - 16:14
There is a diplomatic move that may lead to a GCC meeting in Sept: Foreign Ministry Spokesperson
Doha: There is a diplomatic movement on the Gulf crisis that may lead to a meeting that brings together the parties of the Gulf crisis in September, official Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lulwah Al Khater said. But she threw the ball in the court of the siege countries for these efforts to either succeed or fail.
"With regard to the recent moves of the sisterly State of Kuwait, there is a movement in the direction of holding a meeting that brings together officials in the Gulf in September, but whether it will take place or not depends on the siege countries, whose behaviour in the past were unfortunately unpredictable," Al Khater said, responding to journalists on the sidelines of a seminar held by Qatar University last night under the title "A Year into the Siege.. the Reality and Aftermath".
The Foreign Ministry Spokesperson announced that Qatar is in the process of filing a complaint at the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Geneva on the social damage caused to the families due to the siege, saying: "The State of Qatar has overcome the economic repercussions of the siege, but is moving for the social implications of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva".
"We will not waive the rights of Qatari citizens. There is more than a path to claim these rights, including going to the international private law offices in relation to individual rights, which is the case, and moving towards the World Trade Organization," she added.
Al Khater reiterated that Qatar has fully overcome the economic consequences of the siege through the diversification of sources of supply, noting that these sources will remain as they are, even in the case of the restoration of the relations, because they are more sustainable.
On the political implications of the Gulf crisis, she expressed Qatar's concern about the dangerous repercussions of the crisis on regional security, noting that the GCC system had been the most stable one amid the crucial situation in the Arab world.
She explained that there are countries that will fail and there are wars and problems in more than one place. The GCC system was the hope of restoring stability, but this system is experiencing a state of instability, which exacerbates the regional situation further.
The spokesperson underlined that the Gulf crisis contributed to deepening the crises in the region, saying: "We believe that regional security is deteriorating, but we have great hope to stop this deterioration".