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Qatar Blames ’Illegal’ Saudi Siege as Violation of Intl. Law

Monday 11 September 2017
Qatar Blames ’Illegal’ Saudi Siege as Violation of Intl. Law

Qatar’s foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani

Qatar’s Foreign Minister has condemned Saudi-led siege against his country terming it an "illegal siege which clearly violates international laws".

Alwaght- Qatar’s Foreign Minister has condemned Saudi-led siege against his country terming it an "illegal siege which clearly violates international laws".

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani made the remarks at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adding that the Saudi-led anti-Qatar alliance were attempting to undermine the sovereignty of Doha and make it a junior partner.

"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," Sheikh Mohammed  Al Thani said referring to the embargo launched against Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt all which accused Doha of backing extremist groups.

He added that the siege is “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."

Sheikh Mohammed  Al Thani added that Qatar "cannot tolerate this situation", which has seen Doha forced to find new trading partners after Saudi closed the border crossing to the landlocked Persian Gulf state.

The foreign minister said there are currently about 26,000 cases filed with Qatar's National Human Rights Committee over the blockade. He said he is looking forward to having "measures taken against the blockading countries" by the international community.

"These [Persian] 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 in the session.

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

On June 5, the four countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed a land, air and sea blockade on their Persian Gulf neighbor.

On June 22, the group issued a 13-point list of demands, including the shutdown of Al Jazeera, limiting ties with Iran, and expelling Turkish troops stationed in the country as a prerequisite to lifting the blockade.

Doha rejected all the demands, denouncing them as an attempt to infringe on Qatar's sovereignty.

 

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