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And here's what happened last week: GCC Crisis Updates Week 161
Qatar has reiterated adherence to resolving the crisis with the blockading countries by peaceful diplomatic means and through mediation and constructive unconditional dialogue, reported Qatar News Agency (QNA).
This came in a statement delivered by H.E. Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Ambassador Sheikha Alya bint Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, before the UN Security Council, which held a virtual meeting on "the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian issue."
H.E. Sheikha Alya stated that after the third anniversary of the cybercrime of hacking Qatar News Agency on May 23, 2017, which was the starting point for the crisis and illegal measures and the unfair blockade on June 5, 2017, everyone has realized that any justifications made by the blockade countries to cover these violations totally are false
She went on saying that while the blockading countries continued to ignore the principles and the Charter of the United Nations and international law in a blatant manner, these principles formed the basis of the State of Qatars approach to the crisis.
Qatar Airways Group Q.C.S.C., owner and operator of Qatar Airways, the award-winning flag carrier of the State of Qatar, has launched four international investment arbitrations against the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Since 2017, the four aforementioned states have imposed illegal air, sea, and land blockade against Qatar. The arbitrations seek redress for the blockading states’ actions to remove Qatar Airways from their markets and to forbid the airline from flying over their airspace. Qatar Airways is seeking a total of at least US$5 billion from the blockading states as compensation for their unlawful actions.
Qatar participated in the meeting of the permanent committee of human rights specialists for the Gulf Cooperation Council states, held via video conferencing.
H.E. Acting Director of Department of Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Turki bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, represented Qatar in the meeting. During the meeting, the discussion of the guiding and unified draft law protecting the rights of victims of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries was completed.
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