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Qatar Urges UN To Take Action Against Illegal Blockade

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Qatari foreign minister stressed that the blockade by four Arab states violates international law and human rights and it is time for UN to step in and take action against the Saudi led bloc.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said that the country had to face problems because of the illegal blockade. He added that there are currently over 26,000 cases filed with Qatar’s NHRC over the blockade.

He said he is looking forward to having “measures taken against the blockading countries” by the international community.

“These Gulf countries have taken illegal measures that constitute a grave violation of civil, economic and social human rights, including banning Qatari citizens travelling or transiting through their territories,” Sheikh Mohammed said while speaking at a UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva on Monday.

“This has torn apart many families and has interrupted education and the right to work in Qatar.”

The Qatari foreign minister also emphasised that the blockading countries tried to “hide facts from people” and fabricated allegations of supporting “terrorism”.

“The real motivation behind the siege was not fighting terrorism, but rather to interfere in to our (Qatar’s) foreign policy and undermine its sovereignty,” Sheikh Mohammed said, adding the GCC crisis will only be solved through dialogue.

“The state of Qatar reaffirms its position in rejecting and condemning terrorism in all its forms, whatever the cause and motives are. Qatar is an active member in the coalition to counter terrorism.

“So despite any challenges and allegations, Qatar is willing to talk.”


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