Siege nations failed to give evidence: Envoy
29 Sep 2017 - 1:27
Brussels: State of Qatar’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of its missions to the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato), H E Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Khulaifi (pictured) said that the siege countries have taken the charge of supporting terrorism as a pretext for imposing siege on the State of Qatar, but none of them has provided a single evidence to substantiate their claims and allegations.
At a reception hosted by him and attended by a number of EU and Nato official, the Ambassador said that the State of Qatar, despite the attempts to break it and destroy its economy, is still strong and steadfast. He added that the desperate attempts of the siege countries to convince the world that Qatar supports extremism and terrorism have bounced back on those countries and revealed their links to extremism and terrorism. “Qatar has strengthened its relations with the international community during this period,” he said.
Ambassador Al Khulaifi referred to the speech of Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, in which His Highness outlined the lies and allegations of the siege countries and stressed that the fight against terrorism and extremism has always been a priority for the State of Qatar through its active contributions to regional and international efforts to combat this phenomenon.
He said that the siege imposed on Qatar has broadened to reach the peoples of the siege countries, where mere sympathy with Qatar is prohibited and criminalised, pointing out that officials in the siege countries did not seek to criticize Qatar’s policies, which is always welcomed by the State of Qatar, but instead called for changing the regime in Qatar, violated its sovereignty and incited hatred and violence.
The Ambassador stressed that Qatar has not and will not support or finance terrorism, but it has rather made every effort to combat terrorism. He added that Qatar is an active member of the international coalition against terrorism, in addition to being a party to international and bilateral agreements against terrorism. He further said the challenge of combating terrorism is not limited to Qatar, explaining that It is a regional and global challenge that requires collective efforts and political commitment by everyone.