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H.E. Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Republic of Turkey Salem bin Mubarak Al Shafi stressed Wednesday that any initiative to resolve the Gulf crisis must take into account that the State of Qatar cannot accept undermining its sovereignty nor any guardianship or dictations.
H,E. said in a statement to Anadolu Agency (AA) that Qatar is always open to any real gesture of peace that will lift the blockade, respect the sovereignty of the state, refrain from interfering in its internal affairs, and respect international law and the principle of equality between states, indicating that the State of Qatar has always emphasized, on all occasions, that the unity of the Gulf states is pivotal in facing the challenges that beset the region. His Excellency further added that Qatar is always present in all regional and international conferences and forums, stressing the importance of the diplomatic role and dialogue in limiting conflicts and bringing views closer.
Qatar is steadfast in its position of openness to dialogue and finding a long-term solution to the irrational Gulf Crisis as long as it does not infringe on the sovereignty of Qatar and does not violate international law.
H.E. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdelrahman Al-Thani has affirmed stressed that the blockade of Qatar had damaged the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which is still "paralyzed", pointing that political disputes prevail over the needs of GCC peoples, as the blockade mentality is stronger.
In an interview with 'Le Monde', HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani pointed to the three-year-long efforts to solve the crises saying: "Unfortunately, the efforts of the past year have not worked, although there has been progressing. It seems that the other side did not want to engage in real negotiations. However, mediation efforts by the Emir of Kuwait and the United States continue".
Qatar reaffirmed its readiness to work with the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council and international bodies to resolve the Gulf crisis through unconditional dialogue.
This came in a statement made by H.E. Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani at the virtual dialogue session organized by the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington in cooperation with the Stimson Center for research and studies on "Qatar's perspective of global and regional security in an age of uncertainty."
The United States is trying to resolve a three-year diplomatic feud among Gulf countries by pushing Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to lift a ban on Qatari airlines using their airspace, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal as mentioned by the Middle East Eye.
A press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that on the US efforts to resolve the air aspect of the crisis, by pushing Saudi Arabia and the UAE to reopen their skies on Qatar Airways aircraft, H.E. the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs said: "No progress has been made yet. But we remain in close contact with the Americans. This story has been illegal from the start. Our case is before the International Criminal Court and the International Civil Aviation Organization and we hope to recover our airspace."
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