Qatar

H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir

19 September 2017

H.H.Sheikh Tamim  bin Hamad Al-Thani

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Statement Summary: 

SHEIKH TAMIM BIN HAMAD AL-THANI, Amir of Qatar, said the peaceful settling of disputes between States was still being done in an episodic and non‑binding manner.  Perhaps it was time for an international convention that would impose dialogue and negotiation, he said, adding that the position of major Powers should not range between the extremes of occupation of other countries and standing idly by.  Commending the theme of this year’s General Assembly session, he called on Myanmar and the international community to assume their legal and moral responsibility and take steps to stop violence against the Rohingya minority.

Since 5 June, Qatar and its people had been subjected to an unjust blockade imposed by neighbouring countries, he said.  Those countries had also interfered in the internal affairs of many States, inflicting damage on the war on terror while opposing reform and supporting tyrannical regimes.  Qatar had refused to yield to pressure, he said, expressing his country’s readiness to resolve differences through compromises and calling for unconditional dialogue based on mutual respect for sovereignty.

Terrorism and extremism were among the world’s most serious challenges, he said, emphasizing that Governments had no choice but to cooperate and to address social, political and cultural root causes.  Care must be taken, however, not to make the fight against terrorism an umbrella for reprisals or the shelling of civilians.  Qatar also rejected the use of double standards in tackling terrorism and extremism, which could not be linked with any particular religion, race, civilization, culture or society, he said.

Israel still stood in the way of a lasting, just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East, he said.  The international community must give high priority to the resumption of peace negotiations that would end the Israeli occupation of Arab territories within a specified time frame in accordance with the two‑State solution and the establishment of an independent Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capital.  He appealed to Palestinian brothers to complete national reconciliation and to speak with unity.

Turning to the situation in Syria, he said serious work must be carried out to reach a political solution that would meet the Syrian people’s aspirations for justice, dignity and freedom while maintaining the country’s unity and sovereignty.  Qatar would spare no effort to help alleviate the humanitarian suffering of its Syrian brothers.  On Libya, he said the Government of National Accord must be supported in its efforts to restore stability and counter terrorism.  Qatar also supported the Government of Iraq’s efforts to achieve security, stability and unity.  On Yemen, he said its unity, security and stability must be maintained, and for humanitarian access to be facilitated.  He went on to call a constructive dialogue between the Gulf Cooperation Council and Iran based on common interests, good neighbourliness, respect for State sovereignty and non-interference in internal affairs.
 


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Right of Reply (22 September 2017)

First Declaration:

The representative of Qatar, speaking in exercise of the right of reply, said the United Arab Emirates’ statement was a continuation of false claims and allegations by parties to a blockade aimed at defaming his country and hurting its relations with other States.  Many countries had spoken of the negative impact of that unjust blockade.  Qatar’s record in confronting terrorism was known to all and it would always be firm in implementing Security Council resolutions on terrorism.  He said the United Arab Emirates must stop violating Council resolutions on Libya and to cease creating chaos and launching conflicts.  Qatar also called on the international community to condemn the blockade.

Source: GA/11951

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Right of Reply (22 September 2017)

Speaking in exercise of the right of reply, the representative of the United Arab Emirates responded to Qatar.

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Right of Reply (22 September 2017)

Speaking in exercise of the right of reply, the representative of Egypt responded to Qatar.

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Right of Reply (22 September 2017)

Second Declaration:

On a second intervention, the representative of Qatar said it was truly regrettable that the representative of the United Arab Emirates would attack Qatar.  It was not, however, surprising.  The United Arab Emirates had recently hacked a Qatar news agency.  The lies included in the United Arab Emirates statement were just a continuation of its fabrication campaign.  Any link between Qatar and terrorism was false.  Such abominable attempts to taint Qatar’s reputation had failed.

Source: GA/11951

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Right of Reply (23 September 2017)

Third Declaration:

The representative of Qatar, speaking in exercise of the right of reply, said that in their statements, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain had accused his country of terrorism, when Qatar in fact had an excellent record in countering terrorism.  Those countries participating in the unlawful campaign against Qatar were frustrated and using commercial means to put pressure to bear on it.  Rather than accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism, it should follow its example, he said, adding with regard to Bahrain that fabricating problems with Qatar to obscure internal problems would not yield results.

Source: GA/11952

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Right of Reply (23 September 2017)

Speaking in exercise of the right of reply, the representative of Bahrain responded to Qatar.

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Right of Reply (23 September 2017)

Fourth Declaration:

The representative of Qatar, taking the floor a second time, said it was regrettable that Bahrain was attacking his country.  The unjust measures taken against Qatar ran counter to the global anti-terrorism strategy, which was based on respect for human rights.  There was no substantive evidence that Qatar had funded terrorism, and allegations that his country had interfered in the internal affairs of the four countries were false.  Concluding, he said that as he could not take the floor a third time, further comments would be submitted in writing.

Source: GA/11952

 

 

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