Qatar for peace

 05 Dec 2017 - 8:02

The Peninsula

Peaceful co-existence and mutual respect are among the fundamental principles behind the progress of not only communities but of countries across the world. Any country, whether it is big or small geographically, powerful or weak, rich or poor, its peaceful existence depends on the situation and environment of the region which it belongs to.  And especially if the bigger countries try to impose their ‘big brother’ attitude on smaller countries it will be a real threat to the very basic fabric of the latter. And this is exactly what is happening in the Gulf and the wider Middle East region.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar H E Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said in his address to the Rome MED 2017 (Mediterranean Dialogue): “We need to stop the power game players (in the Gulf) from continuing their games and their adventures. We need to take a serious step right now to engage them in regional security dialogue and to agree on principles all countries should adhere to. Principles which unite us and make us move towards cooperation in different areas of development.” The Deputy Prime Minister asserted the role Qatar has been playing for peace and progress of the region and the constructive steps it had taken to strengthen cooperation among regional countries.

The power play by some of the countries in the region has resulted in the iniquitous siege of Qatar which is an unjust interference in the internal affairs and aimed at destabilising Qatar. But the wise policies and vision of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani prevented the willful intentions of the blockading countries. Qatar gathered all its strength and redoubled its efforts to make the country self-sustainable by increasing domestic production of essentials and finding new sea and air routes to boost imports to alleviate the suffering of its people.

Qatar will not only survive but will also gallop to progress without the help and support of the blockading countries, but there are other nations in the region who are struggling to find a way out of the imbroglio that they were forced into by the regional power players.

The world should put an end to this polarisation and power play. 

It is the responsibility of the comity of nations to rein in the wayward behaviour of the ‘big brothers’ and ensure regional security and stability and peace and development of the whole world.