The Embassy of Qatar in Monrovia has released the following statement on progress that country has made within 12 months after some Arab nations severed diplomatic ties and imposed air, land and sea blockade.
On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt announced the imposition of an air, sea and land blockade on the State of Qatar and severing of diplomatic ties with it on the pretext that the State of Qatar is interfering in the internal affairs of their countries and financing terrorism. These baseless fabrications violate the political principles of the State of Qatar, among which is respect for the sovereignty of states and non-interference in their internal affairs. It is also a fabrication that violates international recognition of Qatar’s efforts to combat terrorism.
The four countries announced in a joint statement the repercussions of the crisis with the State of Qatar. Interestingly, the statement didn’t contain any arguments or evidence to prove slander against the State of Qatar. As matter of fact, this statement can be best described as a weak and lean statement, to confirm the victory of Qatar in this crisis and expose the fabrications of the four countries.
Achievements of Qatar after a year of blockade:
During the point under review, the State of Qatar was able through its diplomacy to proceed at a steady pace throughout the crisis, as it succeeded in refuting all the allegations made by those countries . Furthermore, the State of Qatar has gained the sympathy and support of a lot of countries in the world and the Qatari Foreign Ministry has put the countries of the blockade in a serious predicament as they are unable to convince the international community against all its allegations against Qatar.
Again, this crisis at global, local and regional level has shown many positive facts. At the global level, Qatar has succeeded in clarifying the truth to the countries in Europe, America and to the entire world through intense engagement on all levels of foreign affairs until the aggression of these countries have been condemned with respect to this unjust blockade, which is imposed on the state of Qatar. Europe expressed dissatisfaction with the list of alleged demands, which was a clear success in Qatar’s diplomacy. At the regional level, there was great sympathy from many neighboring countries and their support for Qatar’s position and opening its own ports during the blockade. Included in the show of solidarity is the position of the State of Kuwait in mediation and the efforts of the Emir of Kuwait since the beginning of the crisis in order to get out of this crisis and find appropriate solutions.
At the local and national level, the crisis showed the greatest national cohesion between the people and the leadership. it also showed the people’s encouragement of national product during the crisis and its refusal to buy the products of the embargo countries, where the crisis played a big role in revealing many of the positives. The crisis has also demonstrated that Qatar’s economy is more powerful in the face of the world. Thus the blockade, despite its consequences for the GCC people, has failed to impose guardianship over Qatar.
The crisis has resulted in that Qatar has opened the port of “ Hamad International”, the largest port in the Middle East, which is expected to capture 35% of the maritime trade in the region in one year, and contribute to increase the volume of trade between Qatar and the world.
A report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) showed that Qatar’s economic and financial impact on the Gulf crisis is fading, following measures taken by Doha to support trade, transport and monetary policy. The final statement of the results of the Article IV consultations between the Fund and Qatar indicated that the effects of the boycott were temporary, before Qatar set out to establish new commercial routes.
It is worth mentioning that one of the achievements made by the State of Qatar during the period of this unjust siege is that it has opened new horizons for international and bilateral cooperation with the countries of the world, especially the West African countries, where His Highness has visited several countries in the West African region. The visits resulted in the signing of several bilateral cooperation agreements between Qatar and those countries.
In contrast to these immoral violations, the values of Qatar demonstrated the profound leadership, governance and resilience of its people. Qatar’s ethic was strongly present in the speeches of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, in a message to the countries of the blockade and the world at large.
In the letter of steadfastness on July 21, 2017, (The first speech of his Highness after the blockade), expressed his pride in the high moral level of the people of Qatar in the face of the embargo, and said that “the countries of the blockade left nothing but and settled: the norms and values, links of the uterus and private property and interests. “.
The State of Qatar’s Support for Dialogue:
The State of Qatar holds no objection to sit with the Four countries on dialogue table to resolve the crisis clearly and with front discussions, while dialogue should not be at the expense of the sovereignty of the State of Qatar and to impose dictates on Qatar, but there must be mechanisms and bases binding on all parties. It is essential that there must be an agreement on the main principles of any dialogue. The main principles of any dialogue and fortifying these principles with a clear mechanism to resolve conflict, is the strategic choice of Qatar to resolve the crisis on the basis of norms and standards that respect international law.
The State of Qatar does not object to the intervention of the regional and international parties in support of the mediation efforts led by the State of Kuwait and other friendly countries.
The most serious humanitarian consequences of this blockade:
The four countries have violated human rights conventions and the impact of these violations has affected a wide range of civil, economic, cultural and social rights. The right to education was violated for Qatari students who studying in the four countries and the Qatari students were dismissed and expelled. In addition to this, there is also violation of right to family reunification as citizens of the Gulf countries are linked to the request for the departure of Qatari citizens from the countries of the blockade through the forced deportation of families. There were many other violations of other rights such as the right of movement and right of residence and right of properly ownership and the right to practice religious rites such as Hajj and Umrah.