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Here's what happened last week: Qatar stresses the importance of stopping human rights violations by blockading countries: GCC Crisis Updates Week 157
The blockade of Qatar enters the fourth year and the racist discriminatory measures taken by the blockading countries against the State of Qatar and its citizens are still continuing. The number of complaints received since the beginning of the unjust blockade reached more than 4,000 complaints on gross violations of more than 12 basic human rights. However, Qatar tried to put its mediation role many times to bring views closer together, avoid escalation, and find sustainable solutions to conflicts and disputes. Unfortunately, we have seen nothing but the opposite in terms of mediation efforts from the siege countries.
Recently, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash claimed during a virtual event at the Middle East Institute that Qatar does not want to solve the crisis, reported the Middle East Monitor.
In response to these misleading remarks of United Arab Emirates (UAE) officials, Qatar said: “Qatar has always asserted its openness to unconditional dialogue to solve the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis," as quoted by the Middle East Monitor.
A statement by the Qatari embassy in Washington stressed: “It is the blockading countries that are stalling the process by rejecting the multiple calls by the US administration to unify the GCC front.”
The statement added: “The world still remembers the 13 demands list that included, unsurprisingly, the shuttering of free media [Al Jazeera] by countries known for their antagonism towards journalists and freedom of expression.
The Qatari embassy continued: “Qatar has taken legal routes to address the unilateral measures of the blockading countries, in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO). At the same time, the blockading countries failed to provide any evidence against Qatar.”
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