Statement by anti-terrorism countries denounces allegations made by Foreign Minister of Qatar to Human Rights Council

الثلاثاء 1438/12/21 هـ الموافق 2017/09/12 م واس
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Geneva, Dhu-AlHijjah 20, 1438, September 11, 2017, SPA -- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Arab Republic of Egypt affirmed that the speech of the Foreign Minister of Qatar, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, before the Human Rights Council reflects the Qatari approach in misleading international public opinion towards the reality of the crisis.
The four countries said in a joint statement read by the Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations and other international organizations Ambassador Obaid Salem Al Zaabi before the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council, "The Qatari minister's allegations about his government's readiness for dialogue is an attempt to improve its image before the international community and public opinion without changing its hostile policies.
The statement reads as follows:
The United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Arab Republic of Egypt exercise the right to respond to the attempt to falsify the facts contained in the statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, which reflects only the continuation of the Qatari approach in attempting to mislead the international public opinion about the reality of the political crisis with the policy of denying the fact that they support terrorism and extremism and finance the publication of the discourse of hatred and sedition and interference in the internal affairs of countries and not as claimed by the Foreign Minister of Qatar that they are supportive of human rights and the right of self-determination of peoples. The allegations made by the Foreign Minister of Qatar about his government's willingness to engage in dialogue were an attempt to improve its image before the international community and world public opinion without changing its hostile policies. The Qatari misleading attempt has not saved international bodies, which prompted the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to issue a statement on 30 June 2017, expressing deep regret for misleading reports in the Qatari media.
We emphasize the need for Qatar to stop supporting radical ideologies and terrorist ideas and to spread the rhetoric of hatred and incitement to violence that has been systematically practiced for years. For twenty years, Qatar has built a platform in support of extremism and terrorism, including financial support, safe haven and promotion of terrorist ideology and the personalities of this ideology, some of whom are already on the international terrorism list, whose effects have spread to many other governments and peoples of the region, and also to the peoples of other countries outside it. Including financial support, safe haven and promotion of terrorist ideology and the personalities of this ideology, some of which are already on the international terrorism list, whose effects have spread to many other governments and peoples of the region, but also to the peoples of other countries outside the country. This is evident from the fact that a group of sisterly and friendly countries outside the Middle East has taken similar measures against Qatar.
Terrorism is a well-known concept. Anyone who carries weapons and explosives and terrorizes innocent citizens is a terrorist and likewise, all those who incite, support, finance and provide safe haven are the same, which is contrary to the international efforts in the fight against terrorism that the entire international community is fighting.
The Foreign Minister of Qatar should have used this international platform to declare his country's commitment to ending support for terrorism as demanded by our countries instead of informing our distinguished council of baseless allegations. There is no such thing as Qatar's "blockade." Its maritime, air and land ports are open to all countries, except the countries of the boycott, which have taken this measure as a sovereign right in the face of Qatar's hostile policies after exhausting all available means and exercising patience for years towards policies that do not conform to the principle of good neighborliness.
While Qatar's Foreign Minister comes to speak before the council about the effects of the boycott, the Qatari institutions talk about the absence of any traces for the actions taken by the four countries and that life is taking place naturally. This reveals the enormous contradictions that Qatar and its institutions are adopting... while those institutions completely ignore the decisions taken by our countries to take into account the humanitarian situations of the joint families and the brotherly Qatari people.
In conclusion, we regret the lack of wisdom in the speech of the Qatari minister, as his speech does not reflect a sincere intention to positively deal with the Emir of Kuwait's estimated mediation efforts that we appreciate and which does not express a genuine willingness to understand the concerns of the four countries and other countries affected by those hostile policies.
--SPA
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