ARAB QUARTET REFUTES QATARI ALLEGATIONS AT HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

GENEVA, Switzerland, Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE at the United Nations, in Geneva, delivered a statement on behalf of the the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia,

Bahrain and Egypt, before the UN Human Rights Council, as part of the right of reply to the allegations stated in the Qatari statement, during the 39th regular session of the council, in regards to the debate of the oral briefing of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The statement reads: ”The Qatari statement, as usual – tried to drag the UN mechanisms into a political crisis, whose main trigger is the Qatari practices and policies against our states.

We reaffirm that the boycotting measures taken by the quartet against Qatar fall within the context of exercising their sovereign rights to protect their national security from Qatar’s irresponsible policies which aimed to destabilise security and stability in our states. These measure are not a blockade in any way.

The quartet has repeatedly affirmed these measures, which aimed to protect our security and peoples, will be lifted once the Qatari government stops supporting and funding terrorism and responds to our concerns that were repeatedly announced by our leaders for the sake of protecting stability in the region. The Qatari side must show a sign of good faith to open a serious dialogue with our states under Kuwaiti mediation.

We reiterate our states’ commitment and readiness to show positive cooperation with the Kuwaiti mediation, to end this political crisis away from Doha’s tireless attempts to take it from the regional to the international context. We believe that these attempts will lead to nothing, but to protract the political crisis without reaching true understandings that guarantee security and stability to our states and peoples.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK