Here’s what’s happened since last week’s updates: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain attend cooperation dialogue in Qatar amid Gulf dispute -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 100
The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has expressed deep concern over the continuing obstacles imposed by the Saudi Arabia authorities for Qatar’s citizens and residents to exercise their right to perform religious rites for the third season in a row since the beginning of the blockade imposed on Doha in June 2017, reported Qatari daily newspaper Qatar Tribune.
According to the report, the NHRC said it will soon raise the issue of preventing Qatar’s citizens and residents from performing Hajj and Umrah at the committees and constitutional meetings of UNESCO.
The NHRC stated this in a communication to President of the Human Rights Council at its thirteenth session, to UN United Nations High Commissioner. The NHRC called for measures to be taken to ensure that Muslims in Qatar — whether citizens or residents - can perform Umrah during Ramadan and Hajj during the season (1440).
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the boat was carrying out routine exercises in the Qatari territorial waters, after facing a technical fault it was swept away to the territorial waters of the UAE, where the UAE authorities seized it and its crew.
The statement stressed that the State of Qatar has been working, over the last few days through the diplomatic channels available and the help of some friendly and sister countries, to ensure that crew members are safe and unharmed.
The Ministry's statement concluded by saying, 'The State of Qatar announces the return of the Qatari boat and crew members safely, and the State of Qatar thanks all those who helped to secure their return.'
H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani received a telephone call on Monday from HRH Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, during which he congratulated H.H. the Amir on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, reported Qatar News Agency (QNA). It's a rare exchange amid a lengthy dispute between Qatar and some of its neighbour countries.
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