Boy­cott of Qatar is ‘sov­er­eign de­ci­sion’

Anti-ter­ror quar­tet says boy­cott is in re­sponse to Doha’s ir­re­spon­si­ble ac­tions

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The Arab Quar­tet has in­sisted that the mea­sures they have taken against Qatar are “le­git­i­mate sov­er­eign de­ci­sions”.

The four na­tions — Saudi Ara­bia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emi­rates — in a state­ment car­ried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), said the mea­sures can­not be con­sid­ered a “block­ade” by any means, but rather “a boy­cott em­a­nat­ing from the harm caused by ir­re­spon­si­ble Doha ac­tions through its sup­port, fi­nanc­ing and har­bour­ing of ter­ror­ist el­e­ments.”

Charge re­futed

The state­ment was is­sued in the Swiss city on be­half of the quar­tet by the UAE Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions, Obaid Salem Al Za’abi, in re­sponse to a speech by Qatar’s for­eign min­is­ter dur­ing a panel dis­cus­sion on the Qatari cri­sis dur­ing the cur­rent ses­sion of the Hu­man Rights Coun­cil in Geneva on Thurs­day.

Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Abdul Rah­man Al Thani claimed that the Qatari peo­ple have been harmed by the “il­le­gal siege” en­forced by the four coun­tries.

Al Za’abi charge, say­ing Qatari of­fi­cials re­futed the that se­nior had in fact been strut­ting around with a “busi­ness as usual” at­ti­tude and pro­ject­ing the im­pres­sion that the boy­cott had lit­tle ef­fect on them.

“In our opin­ion, th­ese con­tra­dic­tions adopted by Qatari pol­icy de­ci­sion-mak­ers re­flect­ing du­al­ism of speech, ex­plain that there are two tones of ad­dress in Qatar, one ad­dress­ing the do­mes­tic pub­lic and the other re­fut­ing the in­ter­na­tional view­points aim­ing to un­veil the real rea­sons be­hind the boy­cott,” he said.

Al Za’abi said the Qatari del­e­ga­tion’s ef­fort to push for­ward the mat­ter for the se­cond time on the same day only showed that Qatar “did not have any in­ten­tion to re­view and change its poli­cies and po­si­tions in sup­port of ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism.”

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