Steadfastness beats siege

 05 Oct 2017 - 19:32

The Peninsula

Today the siege of Qatar is completing four months. The blockading countries tried their level best to malign Qatar’s reputation with baseless allegations attempting to harm its economy utilising all of their resources in last sixteen weeks but all the efforts of Saudi-led quartet ended in fiasco.

Rather, in the last 120 plus days, the international community has come closer to Qatar by completely rubbishing false accusations leveled against the besieged nation and its people. All anti-Qatar media campaigns launched by the siege countries to justify their illegal, immoral act of laying siege against Qatar also could not convince any country across the globe.

Today, the whole world stands by Qatar, diplomatically and politically, and the world nations are extending existing relations with Doha in various fields while the blockading countries are stuck in a diplomatic quagmire. The 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, held last month, exposed the hollowness of siege countries’ diplomacy in relation to the blockade of Qatar.

Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani after successful visits to Turkey, Germany and France made a historic speech at the opening session of 72nd session of UNGA. As expected, the speech received wide-scale appreciation and endorsement from around the world. Qatar has proved its mettle in the last four months by defeating all odds with judicious moves. In fact steadfastness of Qatar’s leadership in sticking to its principled stance of defending country’s sovereignty and not accepting any form of guardianship has won the support of the whole world for Qatar.

During crisis, the foreign ministers of the UK, Germany, Italy, Turkey and Iran visited Qatar. Also, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US Secretary of Defence James Mattis visited Doha.

Meanwhile, the human rights violations committed by the blockading countries during siege will remain a constant source of shame for Saudi-led quartet. Qatar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has recently confirmed that there are nearly 26,000 violations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a result of the siege imposed by the four countries against the State of Qatar.

Recently, the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee, appointed by the British Parliament to investigate the violations of the siege imposed on the State of Qatar has called for an “immediate lifting of the siege”, terming it as illegal and violation of all international and humanitarian conventions and laws. The only solution left for the blockading countries to steer themselves out of this web of failures is unconditional lifting of the blockade imposed against Qatar and ironing out political differences through dialogue.