14 Sep 2017 - 3:01
Siege nations failed to give evidence: Envoy
Brussels: Siege countries have failed in providing evidence for the false accusations they have levelled against Qatar, said Qatar’s Ambassador to Belgium and Head of Qatari Missions to EU and Nato, H E Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Khulaifi, while addressing a symposium.
Al Khulaifi pointed that the targetting Qatar came as a result of the overall development and successes it achieved in different economic, scientific and political spheres, placing Qatar among the leading countries on both regional and international levels.
The Ambassador explained that these successes were a result of the wisdom of Qatar’s leadership represented by Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
He inaugurated the activities of the Middle East Dialogue Center in Brussels, and addressed the first symposium organised by the Center under the title “State of Qatar - A Hundred Days Under Siege.”
The Ambassador highlighted the Qatar’s position on the unjust siege imposed on it, and the violations committed by the siege countries in terms of human rights and international convention.
The Ambassador also stressed the position of Qatar on the siege countries’ attempts to undermine the sovereignty of Qatar and impose its guardianship on it, underlining their failure in providing evidence of the false accusations they have made. The seminar was attended by Belgian Ambassador to Syria, Marc Ott, and Prof Dr Sebastian Boussoua, Professor at a number of European Universities and Institutes in addition to a number of members of the “Young Professionals in Foreign Policy” and workers in the EU and Nato.
The Ambassador explained, to the audience, the siege countries’ insistence on their aggression and hostility against Qatar, pointing to the strength of the position and unity of Qataris and their support of the leadership.
“Have the siege countries forgotten that we live in the twenty-first century, in the time of media openness, communication revolution and social media?” He the Ambassador asked.
“ Have they forgotten that nothing can be hidden, and that the Arab people have become aware of the facts and events happening around them”?
“Unfortunately, the siege countries have ignored these facts and dealt with this crisis from a Middle Ages perspective in an attempt to impose hegemony and guardianship on others,” the Ambassador Al Khulaifi said, adding that the siege countries did not succeed in their quest, and did not maintain the image in which they were trying to appear before the world. Qatar, despite being subjected to injustice and treachery of those presumed to be brothers and neighbours, it has maintained its religious, political and moral principles. Discussions during the symposium focused on the Gulf crisis and the siege imposed on Qatar, which violated international norms and laws, and the repercussions of the crisis on regional and global security, global trade, and the fight against terrorism.
It also touched on the results of the siege in relation with human rights, freedom of information and expression, and other basic freedoms such as the rights to work, travel and study.