Blockade a lose-lose situation, says Assistant Foreign Minister
This week Qatar will mark the third anniversary of the ongoing illegal blockade imposed on it since June 5, 2017.
While the country has come a long way in terms of self-reliance, economic growth, and development, the blockade continues to violate fundamental human rights.
Over the years, at several international, regional, and local forums, Qatar has stressed the need for dialogue and called for negotiations to end the siege.
Yesterday, while participating in a virtual panel discussion titled 'A Gulf Apart - the Geopolitics of European-Gulf Relations,' hosted by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Her Excellency Qatar's Assistant Foreign Minister and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs asserted that the blockade has been a lose-lose situation.
Assistant Foreign Minister participated in a virtual panel discussion titled ‘A Gulf Apart? The Geopolitics of European-Gulf Relations’ hosted by the European Council on Foreign Relations. #QNA— Qatar News Agency (@QNAEnglish) June 2, 2020
Although Qatar has been able to sustain itself economically, the lack of communication and cooperation continue to negatively impact other issues, HE Lolwah Al Khater said.
Despite the restrictions on airspace as the blockade continues, Qatar moved ahead with its global efforts to repatriate stranded citizens and deliver urgent medical and humanitarian assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, HE Al Khater highlighted.
Qatar's contribution to support the international community in these challenging times reflects in its humanitarian support to over 21 countries.
The country's national airline, Qatar Airways, has transported more than 1.8 million passengers to their homes.
Speaking at the panel discussion, HE Al Khater stressed the need for regional ownership and a holistic approach to resolve regional issues that are interconnected in their nature.
Former Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Alistair Burt, as well as several ECFR members also took part in the discussion.
Earlier this week, at a virtual meeting held by the United Nations (UN) Security Council on "the Protection of civilians in armed conflict," the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations Her Excellency Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani also drew attention to how the unjust blockade fails to consider the dire consequences on the region's security and stability.
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Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
"There is a saying that Whatever is happen it happen for good" Same happen in Doha.
After getting blockade from various neighbouring countries DOQA QATAR become more independent, Our Doha Economy, Infrastructures, Business Opportunities and a variety of Local Qatar Products and lots of other improvements happened in Qatar.
However lot of negotiations were on the way to solve the problem to end the blockade but nothing happen.
Anyway Best of Luck and wishing more success to Qatar Ministerial Administrations TEAM whoever behind this success..