Egypt re­futes Qatari block­ade al­le­ga­tions in UN Geneva ses­sion

The Qatari Emir stresses his de­sire of hav­ing a di­a­logue, Egyp­tian FM main­tains quar­tet con­di­tions

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Mo­hammed El-Said

Egypt’s per­ma­nent del­e­gate to the United Na­tions (UN) in Geneva, Amr Ra­madan, re­futed Fri­day, the Qatari al­le­ga­tions in the Hu­man Rights Coun­cil that Qatar is un­der block­ade by the Arab Quar­tet, jus­ti­fy­ing the po­si­tion of the four coun­tries boy­cotting Doha.

Ra­madan added that boy­cotting Qatar is a right of Egypt, Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE), and Bahrain, due to the neg­a­tive im­pact of Doha’s poli­cies in sup­port­ing ter­ror­ism, which re­sulted in the loss of many civil­ian lives in Egypt.

Speak­ing at a dis­cus­sion ses­sion in the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil, Amr said that “the Qatari sup­port for ter­ror or­gan­i­sa­tions is against the in­ter­na­tional law for hu­man rights, and the coun­cil’s re­garded res­o­lu­tions in­clud­ing res­o­lu­tions adopted by Qatar it­self, such as these re­gard­ing crim­i­nal­is­ing the po­lit­i­cal, fi­nan­cial, and lo­gis­tic sup­port for ter­ror or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

Mean­while, the Qatari Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs warned the Qatari na­tion­als of trav­el­ling to Egypt be­cause of“the se­cu­rity mea­sures taken by the Egyp­tian au­thor­i­ties against the Qatari na­tion­als when en­ter­ing Egypt,” ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial state­ment is­sued by the con­sulate ad­min­is­tra­tion in the Qatari For­eign Min­istry on Fri­day.

On 5 June, Egypt, Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates, and Bahrain cut their diplo­matic and travel ties with Qatar.The four govern­ments ac­cused the oil-rich coun­try of sup­port­ing ter­ror­ism, sup­port­ing Iran, and dis­turb­ing se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion, charges that Doha de­nies.

On Thurs­day, Egypt’s Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs, Sameh Shoukry, as­serted in a meet­ing with his Bri­tish coun­ter­part, Boris John­son, that the Arab Quar­tet is in­sis­tent in its po­si­tion “un­til it stops its sup­port for ter­ror groups that desta­bilised the re­gion”.

Dur­ing his visit to Lon­don to at­tend a meet­ing re­gard­ing the Libyan cri­sis, Shoukry pointed out that the Quar­tet is open for di­a­logue if Doha com­mit­ted to the 13 de­mands.

Is his first for­eign tour since the be­gin­ning of the Gulf cri­sis, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad Al-Thani, ex­pressed on Fri­day in a joint press con­fer­ence with Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel in Ber­lin his coun­try’s readi­ness for di­a­logue with the four boy­cotting coun­tries to end the con­flict, with­out men­tion­ing the quar­tet’s de­mands, con­di­tions which Qatar pre­vi­ously re­futed on grounds of their in­ter­fer­ence with its sovereignty.

Merkel ex­pressed her con­cerns for con­tin­u­ing the cri­sis, adding that she sup­ports the Kuwaiti and US me­di­a­tion to end the cri­sis.

More­over, fol­low­ing a meet­ing with the Qatari Emir in Paris, French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron de­manded “lift­ing the em­bargo on peo­ple of Qatar as soon as pos­si­ble,” ex­press­ing his con­cerns re­gard­ing the cri­sis, which he be­lieves it threat­ens the re­gional sta­bil­ity in the Mid­dle East.

The lat­est Gulf cri­sis is the big­gest in the Gulf re­gion since the es­tab­lish­ment of the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) in 1981.The cri­sis wit­nessed a dra­matic break­through for only one hour last week, when the Qatari Emir ini­ti­ated a phone call to the Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man.

Only one hour af­ter the call which is be­lieved to be the first of­fi­cial con­tact be­tween Doha and Riyadh since the be­gin­ning of the cri­sis the Saudi King­dom an­nounced sus­pend­ing any com­mu­ni­ca­tions and di­a­logues with Qatari au­thor­i­ties un­til Doha is­sues a clear state­ment clar­i­fy­ing its po­si­tion in public.The Saudi side ac­cused the Qatari news agency QNA of dis­tort­ing the con­tent of the phone call.

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