Diplomatic move to resolve Gulf crisis in September ‘will depend on siege nations’

With the illegal siege of Qatar now having completed a full year, efforts are still ongoing to bring all nations involved around the negotiation table.

Diplomatic efforts have been ongoing to convene a meeting in September, to bring together parties of the Gulf crisis.

Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ official spokesperson HE Lulwah Al Khater said that the feasibility of the meeting would depend on the siege countries, reported Gulf Times.

She acknowledged the existence of efforts for a GCC meeting on the sidelines of a Qatar University seminar titled ‘A Year of Blockade: Current Situation and Future Aspirations,’ but threw the ball in the court of siege countries for its success or failure.

“With regard to the recent moves of the sisterly State of Kuwait, there’s a movement in the direction of holding a meeting that brings together officials in the Gulf in September, but whether it’ll take place or not depends on the siege countries, whose behaviour in the past were unfortunately unpredictable,” she was quoted as saying by The Peninsula.

Al Khater said Qatar was in the process of filing a complaint at the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Geneva on the social damage caused to the families due to the siege.

“Qatar has overcome the economic repercussions of the siege, but it’s moving for the redressal fo the social implications of the siege, to UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva.

“We won’t ignore the rights of Qatari citizens. There’re ways to claim these rights,” she was quoted as saying by Qatar Tribune.

Al Khater reiterated Qatar had fully overcome the siege’s economic consequences through diversification of sources of supply. She said it would continue even after the crisis’s resolution as they are more sustainable.

On the political implications of the Gulf crisis, she expressed Qatar’s concern about the dangerous repercussions of the crisis on regional security, noting that the GCC system had been seen as the most stable amidst the crucial situation in the Arab world.

She explained there are countries that will fail and there are wars and problems in more than one place.

“The GCC system was the hope of restoring stability, but it’s experiencing a state of instability, which exacerbates the regional situation further. We believe that regional security is deteriorating, but we’ve great hope to stop this deterioration,” she said.

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