(MENAFN - The Peninsula) QNA
Qatar has denounced the leaking by some GCC states of the Riyadh agreement in 2013 and its supplemental agreement in 2014 to media in violation of the GCC statute and other agreements and internal regulations of GCC, while also their ongoing illegal siege violates the UN Charter and international law.
Government Communications Office Director H E Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al Thani said the steps currently being taken by these countries, especially the leaking of the Riyadh agreement and its supplemental agreement before the visit of the US secretary of state, aim to thwart the mediation efforts of the Emir of Kuwait H H Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to resolve the current crisis. He said Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain realise that the Riyadh agreement is a clear agreement through which any GCC member state can make a point or submit a complaint against another member state.
The Government Communications Office director added that the GCC internal regulations stipulate that any member state has the right to request an urgent meeting with another GCC member state whether bilaterally or with all member states.
Sheikh Saif said the three countries neither submitted any complaint or requested any meeting before the start of the unfair and unjustified siege against Qatar on June 5. Instead, he added, they carried out a malicious campaign in international media to defame Qatar and then published fabricated extracts attributed to the Emir and the Foreign Minister in order to provoke the international public opinion against Qatar, and instead of submitting their complaint through GCC mechanisms, he added, the besieging countries launched malicious campaigns against Qatar, which is a clear evidence that their intention was not related to their claims on compliance to the implementation of the Riyadh agreement, but rather to destabilise Qatar's security and stability, interfere in its internal affairs and undermine its sovereignty.
He said the hostilities of the siege countries contravene international law and the UN Charter, which stipulates that the decision to besiege any state must be issued through the Security Council, noting that the siege countries violate international conventions and the provisions and principles of international law, particularly the principles of equality, respect for states' sovereignty, non-interference in the internal affairs of other states, human rights, and the freedom of trade and international navigation. Despite the hostile and illegal actions of the siege countries, Sheikh Saif said, Qatar remains ready to negotiate to resolve the crisis, expressing Qatar's appreciation for the mediation efforts of H H Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah and Secretary Tillerson. He added that Qatar will continue with them and with all the parties working to settle the crisis so as to reach a settlement for the crisis within a frame of mutual respect and not undermining the sovereignty of states.