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Qatari Envoy Criticizes Siege Imposed By Saudi-Led Bloc

Qatar’s Ambassador to Germany H E Sheikh Saud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said that the siege imposed on Qatar by the four Arab states doesn’t just harm Qatar, but also the investors in the region, pointing out the economic consequences the siege will have.

He said that Qatar provides 40 percent of the energy to the rest of the world. “Think of what will happen if the blockade continues for a long time,” H E Sheikh Saud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said.

When asked whether Qatar is ready to talk about the demands made by the siege nations, he stressed the need to resolve all differences of opinion through dialogue “at the negotiating table.”

He also noted that the siege has led to human rights violations and affected Qatari families living in other Gulf states, but belong to the same families.

He also spoke about the expulsion of Qatari students and pointed out that Qatar is still allowing more than 300,000 Egyptians to live in Qatar, in spite of the blockade.

Answering a question about the demand to close Al Jazeera, he said: “No one can attack our sovereignty. Imagine if we demanded that Germany stop the DW channel or Britain stop the BBC. This is inadmissible.” The freedom of opinion cannot be confiscated in other countries. Even if we do not know the reasons for the blockade to be precise, the freedom of opinion seems to be one of these reasons. They do not want the freedom of opinion to reach other Arab countries through Al Jazeera.”

He stressed that the only body entitled to define the concept of terrorism is the UN or the Security Council, noting that it is not the right of individual States to list groups and consider them terrorists.

He said Qatar “does not support Hamas nor the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, but it is not against them. We do not support them and we are not against them. Muslim Brotherhood is a party and we only deal with them when they are part of a government.”

He stressed that Iran is an important state in the region, “but we also have differences of opinion with it, it is our neighbor, we have to dialogue with it, and we have to have business relations with it. We only want to have good relations with our neighbors.”

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