Siege countries dissolving GCC security system

 09 Nov 2017 - 8:06

Siege countries dissolving GCC security system
Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim Al Jaafari at a joint press conference in Doha yesterday.

The Peninsula

The siege countries illegal actions are affecting the system of the GCC and Qatar holds them responsible for dissolving the GCC as a collective security system, said Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

In a joint press conference held yesterdayin Doha, with his Iraqi counterpart Dr Ibrahim Al Jaafari, the Foreign Minister said the siege countries refuse to start a dialogue after they failed in proving its accusations against the State of Qatar. 

The Minister revealed that the siege countries attempts to undermine the Gulf crisis has failed. He  added that the failure reflected the siege countries’ inability to see the serious repercussions that are beginning to surface. 

The Foreign Minister said the international efforts to fight terrorism and its endeavours to settle the region’s crises have been impacted with this crisis which put the siege countries in trouble with international diplomacy due to their stubborn behaviour, refusal for dialogue and their commitment to political extremism and escalatory language which they continue to adopt. He said Qatar adopts a language of reason and calls on all to resort to dialogue and to prove that their fears are based on solid foundation, confirming their failure to invest political money to demonize Qatar. 

The Foreign Minister said Qatar hopes that wisdom will prevail and that the siege countries will overcome their aggressive behavior and move towards a prudent approach that relies on dialogue to settle the crisis. He said Qatar is overcoming the crisis but is not overcoming the violations against the Qatari people saying if their people are not of importance to them, the Qatari people are of great importance to their government.  On the latest Bahraini statements, the Foreign Minister said they are ineffective because Bahrain’s decisions were not made by it as everyone knows and it joined the siege despite not being involved in the matter. 

With regards to reopening the Qatari embassy in Iraq, the minister said there is a clear directive from Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to urgently reopen and assign an ambassador in Iraq for the Qatar-Iraqi relations to have a fresh start. 

The Minister confirmed the State of Qatar’s support to the Republic of Iraq’s fight against terrorism and encourages it to continue its post-liberation efforts.

The Foreign Minister saluted the Iraqi government for starting a dialogue with the Kurdistan Regional Government in effort to avoid Iraq’s dissolution, expressing his hope that the dialogue includes all the Iraqi parties including the people of Kurdistan and that these efforts succeed so Iraq can be as before. 

For his part, Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Ibrahim Al Jaafari said that his country does not support isolating or besieging any country, stressing that dialogue was indispensable. He added that dialogue is the only way to move the region from isolation to unity. 

He added that his country called for maintaining brotherly relations ever since the outbreak of the GCC crisis, as Iraq rejects the presence of such sensitivities between brothers. 

He said that the State of Qatar and the Republic of Iraq are united by politics, economy, and security. He noted that Iraq now is not only focused on geographic proximity, but is looking to enhance cooperation with all countries in the region led by Qatar. 

Al Jaafari said that Iraqi-Iranian ties are based on joint interest and were not established at the expense of other countries. He also said that the ties focus on facing joint threats such as ISIS terrorism.  

On the role of Iraq in mediating between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs said that ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran were important for Iraq. He added that they were doing their best to boost that relationship, similar to their efforts in enhancing Turkish-Syrian ties. 

He stressed that Iraq is playing a large role in bringer Saudi Arabia and Iran closer.  He noted that the strategies of the Iraqi government is to establish ties based on understanding and to eliminate anything that can invite tensions between Arab countries and even any other country in the world. 

He said that Iraq’s victory over ISIS was one for the Arabic, Islamic and international will as the victims of terrorism were everywhere.