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H.E. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani held on Wednesday a telephone conversation with H.E. Secretary of State of the United States of America Mike Pompeo. During the phone call, they reviewed bilateral cooperation relations and regional issues, as well as several matters of common concern.
The blockade of Qatar affected the human rights situation in the region and led to a loss of confidence in regional human rights mechanisms and conflict resolution. In line with this, H.E. Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri affirmed the committee's commitment to continue to take the legal measures necessary to condemn the blockading countries because of their violations that have lasted for 1,000 days, stressing that the blockading countries, especially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will not be spared of International condemnation of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and the two bodies will demonstrate the exposure of Qatari citizens to racial discrimination.
After the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the other three countries Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Bahrain have decided to restore postal services to Qatar almost three years after they were stopped due to a political dispute, the United Nations said on Monday, as quoted by the Reuters.
This declaration comes following a meeting that held last month in the presence of representatives from four Arab states and the U.N. postal agency at its headquarters in Switzerland on Jan. 29.
“The decision to resume international postal exchanges is welcome news,” the U.N. Universal Postal Union said.
Since there are no direct flights between Qatar and the four Arab states, therefore, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain were to resume services indirectly, with mail transported through Oman. Egypt resumed services on Feb. 17, according to state-run Egypt Post. It was not immediately clear if Saudi Arabia and Bahrain had yet restored services. Click here to read more!
The State of Qatar participated in the meetings of the high-level segment of the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, which began on 24 February in Geneva. H.E. Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Official Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry Lolwah bint Rashid Al Khater headed the State of Qatar's delegation to the meetings.
During her speech, the Her Excellency pointed saying: "The repercussions of the blockade and the coercive measures imposed on my country by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the Arab Republic of Egypt since 2017 are still causing many violations of human rights related to religious and educational rights, freedom of movement and fundamental freedoms."
H.E. the Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs referred to the two decisions of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on jurisdiction and admissibility to consider complaints filed by Qatar against both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. "I also recall the International Court of Justice's Interim Measures regarding the discrimination suffered by Qatari citizens, as the court is still considering the case filed by the State of Qatar against the UAE in this regard," she said.
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