(MENAFN - The Peninsula) QNA
Geneva:Qatar's Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani confirmed that there are nearly 26,000 violations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a result of the siege imposed by the four countries against the State of Qatar.
Speaking at a press conference following the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, the Foreign Minister said the goal of Qatar's presence at the meetings of the Human Rights Council was to clarify the violations of the four siege countries of human rights. 'We look forward to the Human Rights Council's role in urging these countries to retreat from those actions that affected the peoples of the region - both the people of Qatar and the peoples of the siege countries - and they should not drag people into political differences, the Minister said.
He said that the 13 demands included clear violations of international law, pointing out that the State of Qatar in respect for the mediation of the Emir of Kuwait H H Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, responded to these demands in a legal and rational language and sent the response to the four countries, which subsequently issued the six principles, which Qatar had expressed willingness to discuss as long as there are collective obligations from all countries, but we were surprised by the retreat of the four countries and insist again on the 13 demands.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman stressed that the 13 demands are not discussed and we are ready to discuss anything as long as it does not affect sovereignty and does not violate international law and according to key principles based on a transparent dialogue between us and the four countries to discuss their concerns and the reasons that led them to take such measures , so that we can also raise our problems with these countries and the consequences of their actions against our country and discuss the necessary solutions so that there is a collective understanding to avoid any aggression against another.
THe Foreign Minister said the Emir of Kuwait was making efforts to resolve the crisis. He recently visited Washington in the context of finding a solution, and then in coordination with the US, and at the request of Donald Trump, there was a telephone conversation between Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a positive spirit, and they agreed that the crisis lasted for a long time and that dialogue is the only solution to the problem. They also agreed that the concerned countries appoint their representatives to discuss the crisis. Half an hour later, Saudi Arabia issued a statement saying what we said about communication is a lie, and all the points mentioned in our statement were based on facts .
'Qatar's position is still the same. We are ready to talk to them and participate in any efforts to resolve the crisis, based on principles that comply with international law and respect the sovereignty of each country, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman said.
He said that 'Saudi Arabia's denial of what was stated in our statement does not reflect a good intention to engage in dialogue.
On Qatar's position on the Syrian crisis, the Foreign Minister, said: 'The position of the State of Qatar on this crisis has been constant since beginning. We demand a political solution to the Syrian crisis and the end of war crimes as well as the accountability of all war criminals, whether of the regime or terrorist groups, and political transition according to Geneva 1 statement which is agreed by the international community.
'For us, the goal is to bring justice to the Syrian people, who are to determine their own destiny, and neither we nor any other country can determine the fate of other peoples or impose a solution on them, nor do we want any party to interfere in our internal affairs.
On the situation in Yemen, he said that 'Qatar's policy towards this war is unchanged. We hope that this war will end, a peaceful solution will be achieved, and Security Council resolution 2216 will be implemented as well as the outcome of the national dialogue and the restoration of legitimacy to that country '.
The Minister added that Qatar had participated in the coalition in Yemen as part of its commitment to the GCC and its security. 'Unfortunately, the siege countries have accused us of undermining this alliance, even though our soldiers were there at Saudi Arabia's border, protecting them, and we lost some of them and others were injured while on duty there.