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Posted On: 23 January 2020 04:00 pm
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Qatar again calls for peaceful dialogue, settlement of Gulf Crisis -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 138

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Have you missed the most important political stories of this week on the GCC crisis? Every Thursday, we take a moment to bring you all the updates on the latest developments in the ongoing Gulf crisis.

Here's what happened last week:

23 January 2020

Qatar Renews Call for Peaceful Settlement of Gulf Crisis Through Constructive, Unconditional Dialogue

GCC Crisis Updates Week 138

Qatar renewed its call to settle the crisis with the blockading countries peacefully through constructive and unconditional dialogue, which preserves the sovereignty of states within the framework of the United Nations Charter, international law and the principles of friendly relations between countries. It also affirmed its keenness to defuse the crisis and achieve international peace and security, in news from MOFA Qatar.

This came in a statement made by Her Excellency (H.E.) Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the UN Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani at the regular meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in the Middle East.

Her Excellency stated that Qatar remains committed to its usual principled positions in light of the ongoing unjust blockade and unilateral unlawful measures it has been subjected to for more than two and a half years, which is a flagrant violation of the provisions and purposes of the UN Charter and international law, as well as contributes to undermining regional and international peace and security.

Meanwhile, she referred to the campaigns of misinformation and incitement that Qatar is exposed to by the blockading countries, which reflects the desperate and failed attempts by the blockading countries to undermine the State. Her Excellency also stressed Qatar's steadfast position in calling for a peaceful settlement of the crisis through constructive and unconditional dialogue that preserves the sovereignty of states.

Her Excellency continued to say that Qatar remains committed to mediation to solve and defuse the crisis and achieve international peace and security. She also renewed Qatar's appreciation for the sincere efforts made by His Highness the Amir of the sisterly State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah.

H.E. said that Qatar will continue to support efforts to remove obstacles to achieving peace and a political solution based on international and legal references.

In her statement, HE also stressed the need to raise the voice of reason and wisdom to reduce tension and stop escalation. In this context, she noted Qatar's firm stance which calls for the importance of activating preventive diplomacy and adopting peaceful methods to resolve disputes and conflicts through dialogue and mediation. Today, Qatar's stance remains consistent in emphasizing the need to adhere to international law and the principles of friendly international relations, she added.

H.E. affirmed the importance for the international community to carry out its responsibilities to ensure the security and stability of the region, pointing out that Qatar is exerting its utmost diplomatic efforts, and is seeking, through consultation and coordination with friendly and brotherly countries, to calm and reduce escalation.

Concluding her statement, H.E. Ambassador Sheikha Alya said that the Middle East is in need, more than ever before, to put an end to all tensions with disastrous effects on international peace and security, calling on the Security Council to assume its responsibility in taking the necessary measures to stop all serious violations of international law and end crises in order for the region to become a safe place for its people in terms of peace, stability, development and prosperity.

So what do you think? Is the blockade going to end soon or there's still a long way to go? What are your thoughts on these latest developments in the ongoing GCC Crisis? Drop us a line and tell us your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to like and share this article.

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