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Qatari newspapers on Thursday called on all parties to raise the voice of reason and wisdom, reduce tension and stop escalation in the region, highlighting the efforts exerted by the State of Qatar to defuse tension, as the region breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday after the US President's statement stressed keenness on dialogue with Iran.
In their editorials, the newspapers agreed that Qatar has always believed that collective security in the Gulf region should be based on the principles of non-aggression and respect for international law and international legitimacy, and therefore has been contributing actively to resolving conflicts through peaceful mediation and providing space for dialogue.
Al-Raya expressed concern over the developments currently taking place in the region, not only to the countries of the region, but to the whole world.
The paper noted that the Cabinet also stressed on Wednesday the need to raise the voice of reason and wisdom, reduce tension, stop escalation and ensure security and stability in the region. The Cabinet called for peaceful methods to resolve disputes and that the parties concerned must realize the importance of calm and restraint, as well as give priority to diplomacy, Al-Raya added.
The State of Qatar has been closely following the developments of the region which is going through a sensitive stage that requires a concerted effort, Al-Raya added, noting that the State intensified its efforts to coordinate and consult with friendly countries in order to reach a truce and reduce the escalation, stemming from its awareness of the dangers of wars and instability on the region.
A legal challenge by the United Arab Emirates soccer federation that threatens Qatar’s 2019 Asian Cup title will be heard at sport’s highest court, reported The Washington Post.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday it will hear the UAE’s appeal on March 12 in a case that alleges Qatar fielded two ineligible players at the tournament. The Asian Cup was hosted by the UAE during an ongoing diplomatic rift with neighboring Qatar, which will stage the next World Cup in 2022.
The UAE filed a complaint with the Asian Football Confederation after a 4-0 loss to Qatar in the Asian Cup semifinals in Abu Dhabi last January.
According to the Associated Press, the UAE filed a complaint with the Asian Football Confederation after a 4-0 loss to Qatar in the Asian Cup semifinals in Abu Dhabi last January.
UAE officials have appealed to CAS against the Qatar Football Association and the AFC, whose appeal committee also later dismissed the claims of wrongfully submitted documents. The UAE alleges Qatar’s star forward Almoez Ali and defender Bassam Al-Rawi were not born there and did not meet FIFA nationality requirements to represent the country.
FIFA’s statutes say players can acquire a nationality if they have “lived continuously for at least five years after reaching the age of 18 on the territory of the relevant association.” Both Ali, who turned 23 since the Asian Cup ended, and Al-Rawi, who is now aged 22, seemed not to meet the five-year residency rule. However, both reportedly claimed their mothers were born in Qatar — meeting FIFA’s national eligibility standard if a parent or grandparent is born on a territory.
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