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Here's what happened last week: Qatar asserts its openness to unconditional dialogue to solve the Gulf dispute: GCC Crisis Updates Week 158
Qatar reaffirmed Wednesday that the unjust blockade and unilateral coercive measures imposed on the State, which entered its fourth year, caused numerous human rights violations, says a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affair.
Qatar stressed that given the persistence of these numerous violations as well as the absence of a solution in the near future, it hopes that the OHCHR will inform the State of the steps it intends to take in order to stop the violations, hold those responsible accountable and prevent their recurrence.
This came in a speech delivered by H.E. the State of Qatar's Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva Ambassador Ali bin Khalfan Al Mansouri during the interactive dialogue on the annual report by the OHCHR and oral update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.
His Excellency said that the Coronavirus pandemic that swept the world represents a great challenge for all, stressing that all precautionary measures must be aimed at protecting public health. He emphasized the need to strengthen international solidarity and respect for human rights in the response and recovery stages after the crisis.
He stressed that Qatar has been keen to provide free tests and healthcare services to everyone who lives on its land. He added that an Amiri gesture pardoning 500 prisoners was made with their health and humanitarian conditions in mind, noting that great efforts were made to protect migrant workers during the coronavirus crisis as employers were obliged to pay wages, and a service to receive labor complaints was launched.
H.E. the Ambassador pointed out that at the international level, despite the illegal blockade imposed on the State of Qatar and the closure of airspace, land and sea by the blockading countries, the State and its institutions have responded to the calls to confront the effects of this pandemic and provided various types of medical and logistical support to many countries.
Five candidates have been announced by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the 2027 Asian Cup, with Saudi Arabia and Qatar set to face each other in another bidding race.
The other four Member Associations who have bid to stage Asia's premier football tournament are All India Football Federation, Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran, Saudi Arabian Football Federation, and Uzbekistan Football Association.
Saudi Arabia and Qatar were also named as the two candidates hoping to host the 2030 Asian Games earlier this year.
Both countries have also recently faced a crisis over the proposed takeover of the Premier League. Qatari-based media giant beIN Media Group expressed its concerns over Saudi Arabia's involvement in the purchase of Newcastle United due to the Saudis' alleged role in illegally streaming football matches.
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