Plan for military action as alternative to settle differences regrettable: Foreign Minister

 08 Sep 2017 - 12:43

Plan for military action as alternative to settle differences regrettable: Foreign Minister
Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani (file photo)

The Peninsula

Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said Qatar welcomes dialogue but first illegal siege on Qatar should be lifted.

He expressed his regret for the plan for a military action as an alternative for solving the diplomatic dispute which was revealed by the Emir of Kuwait H H Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al jaber Al Sabah during his joint conference with US President Donald Trump in Washington.

The Minister told Al Jazeera that efforts of the Emir of Kuwait are highly appreciated by Qatar and by Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Regarding the list of 13 demands, he said anything that affects sovereignty of any state is not accepted as has been stated by the Emir of Kuwait. 

He said Qatar’s position was clear from the beginning of the crisis that the solution must be through dialogue based on principles of not affecting sovereignty or violating international laws.

He said the 13 point demands were clear to anyone that the demands affect the sovereignty, which is why US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had said the demand must be implementable and realistic. The Minister said such demands have become part of the past.

“We have learned from the statement of the Emir of Kuwait that there are efforts to find mechanisms to sit for dialogue and these mechanisms must not have preconditions and this was the demand of the Emir of Kuwait. Qatar is ready to discuss any issue without dictation.”

Regarding the illegal siege the foreign minister said these countries must lift the siege and in order to create suitable conditions for negotiations, the environment must be free of pressures and illegal measures.

He expressed his surprise against considering military action against member of GCC and a brother country. It is a matter of sadness to think about solving a diplomatic matter by force which is a clear violation of international laws and all international conventions which aim at solving dispute in peaceful manner.

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