Block­ing Qatar is black­mail

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Farouk Araie

IT IS dis­gust­ing that the Saudiled quar­an­tine of Qatar should oc­cur dur­ing the holy month of Ra­madaan.

It is a vi­o­la­tion of the Arab League pro­to­col, the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Is­lamic States and the UN char­ter. Only the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil can im­pose such a sweep­ing eco­nomic, fi­nan­cial and mar­itime em­bargo. If left unchecked, it will set a dan­ger­ous prece­dent for other power blocs to em­u­late.

The ill-con­ceived move will push Qatar into the Turk­ish-Ira­nian or­bit. This is a crude ef­fort to ef­fect regime change by stealth and naked in­tim­i­da­tion. Qatar has never sup­ported, fi­nanced or encouraged global ter­ror­ism. No other na­tion can match its hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance to op­pressed peo­ple.

It has gained global recog­ni­tion for its con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the fight against ter­ror­ism and its ster­ling diplo­matic ef­forts to re­solve bloody in­ter­na­tional con­flicts.

Qatar is an is­land of peace and pros­per­ity in a volatile area. Its sov­er­eign fund is en­vied by it’s pow­er­ful and some­times hos­tile neigh­bours.

Qatar has al­ways been a peace­maker, sup­port­ing ways of con­struc­tive di­a­logue and peace­ful so­lu­tions to re­solve del­i­cate dis­putes and con­flicts. It played a cru­cial and piv­otal role in sup­port­ing peace talks be­tween Greeks and Turks over Cyprus, the Arab-Is­raeli cri­sis, South Su­dan, north Africa and Ye­men, among oth­ers.

It played a cru­cial role in en­sur­ing peace in Dar­fur, cul­mi­nat­ing in a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing on May 2011. It also gave mil­lions of dol­lars in re­con­struc­tion aid for the peo­ple of Dar­fur.

To claim that Qatar hosts and en­cour­ages ter­ror­ism is fake news, spawned and dis­trib­uted by the ar­chi­tects of the New World Or­der.

Qatar must never sur­ren­der to bankrupt po­lit­i­cal black­mail. Benoni

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