GENEVA: Actions taken by Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt are legitimate sovereign decisions that are not in any way a ‘blockade’, but rather a ‘boycott’, said Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, UAE’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
“The boycott was motivated by the damage caused by Qatar’s irresponsible behaviour in supporting, funding and providing shelter to terrorists and terrorist organisations,’’ said Al Zaabi said in a statement issued on behalf of the four countries.
The statement was in response to a speech by Qatar’s representative at an interactive dialogue held by the Human Rights Council with the special rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures, as part of its 36th regular session in Geneva yesterday.
“We welcome this discussion, while again stressing our condemnation of imposing forced measures, as they contradict international laws and violate human rights,” he said.
“Under this framework and in response to the speeches of Qatar’s representative and Jean Ziegler, advisory committee member, we again stress that the action taken by our four countries are legitimate sovereign decisions that are not in any way a ‘blockade,’ but rather a ‘boycott’ that resulted from the damage caused by Qatar’s irresponsible behaviour,” he added.
“If the Qatari people were aggrieved by what their representative has called a ‘blockade by boycotting countries’, how can he explain the statements of senior officials from his country that Qatar and its citizens have not been affected by the severing of diplomatic relations, and that life in Qatar is still normal?
“In our opinion, these contradictions, which always exist in Qatar’s policies, reveal the double-standards of his speech.Qatari officials have made one speech for their own country and another to mislead international public opinion and hide the true causes of the crisis, while everyone knows that Qatar supports terrorism and funds terrorist organisations,” Al Zaabi added.