By: Agence France-Presse
Qatar’s overseas minister on Monday accused the “illegal” blockade in opposition to his nation for making an attempt to force it into a “state of trusteeship”.
Speaking earlier than the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani decried the “illegal siege which clearly violates international laws.”
Qatar has been hit by a land and air embargo imposed by Saudi Arabia and its allies, who reduce ties with Doha on June 5 accusing it of backing extremists.
But Al-Thani insisted that “it is no secret that the real motives behind the siege and the severing of diplomatic relations with the state of Qatar were not aimed at fighting terrorism.”
“But rather an attempt to force Qatar into a state of trusteeship to interfere in its foreign policy, to undermine its sovereignty and to interfere in its domestic policy.”
Qatar “cannot tolerate this situation,” he mentioned.
His feedback got here after Saudi Arabia vowed Sunday to hold pressuring Qatar till calls for by the bloc of Arab states had been met, dampening hopes for a US-mediated decision to their diplomatic disaster.
The bloc’s 13 calls for embrace Doha ending its alleged assist for Islamist extremist teams, closing a Turkish navy base within the emirate and downgrading diplomatic ties with Tehran.
The Saudi transfer got here simply two days after US President Donald Trump spoke with the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Qatar in a bid to mediate.
Trump mentioned he believed the dispute between Riyadh and Doha, each key US allies, could possibly be solved “fairly easily”.
The Saudi and Qatari rulers spoke by cellphone on Saturday, elevating hope for talks.
But Riyadh later suspended the dialogue, accusing Doha of distorting details by wrongly implying that Saudi Arabia had initiated the outreach.
On Monday, the Qatari overseas minister mentioned his nation was bowled over when Saudi Arabia disputed a readout of the “positive” name.
“Unfortunately, we have seen — half an hour later — a retaliation from their side by issuing a statement that what we have issued is a lie,” Al-Thani instructed reporters on the sidelines of the rights council.
He nonetheless harassed his nation’s “readiness for dialogue to finish this disaster.
“We are willing to talk to them, we are ready to engage if it is based on principles which are not violating the international law and respect the sovereignty of each country.”(AFP)