14 Nov 2017 – 11:40
DOHA: Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said on Tuesday that Arab states that imposed sanctions on Qatar in June were not interested in a solution to the crisis.
While addressing the opening of Advisory Council’s 46th Ordinary Session, Emir said his government was preparing for elections to the consultative body. The necessary legislation would be ready in 2018.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade links with Qatar on June 5.
“We express our readiness for a compromise within the framework of a dialogue based on mutual respect for sovereignty and common obligations, but on the other hand we recognise that the indicators that come from the blockade states show they do not want to reach a solution,” Emir said.
The four countries have “put pressure and published rumours and fabrications” against Qatar hosting the World Cup in 2022.
In his speech, Emir also said his government was focusing on completing strategic projects to help the country cope with the blockade imposed by its neighbours, including ports, water and food security, and to encourage investments.
“Qatar has come under an unjust blockade, during which all established values and norms – not only those prevalent among fraternal and friendly countries, but even among enemies – were breached. It was evident from the nature of the steps that were taken, as well as the accompanying behavior and rhetoric, that their goal was not to reach a solution or settlement.
“They have built their campaign on fabrications since the hacking of Qatar News Agency’s website. Their propaganda campaign drives them to get embroiled in more lies which hurt them alone.
“Qatar has pursued a policy of self-restraint, moderate response, and has risen above all wrangles and misbehavior in respect for our values and norms and out of our keenness to maintain the fraternal relations among the Gulf peoples. Qatar’s political approach and diplomacy have gained the respect of the whole world.
Qatar’s achievements were realized despite the blockading countries making relentless efforts to disrupt and obstruct them by various means, which started with the blockade itself, and included pressure on other countries in addition to even spreading rumors and fabrications, and acting against hosting of the World Cup in 2022 by Qatar, the Emir said in his speech.