Qatar: The Gulf States must end the unfortunate chapter and conclude a new regional agreement
Qatar has announced that it is time to end what it called a "regrettable chapter" in the history of the region, calling on the Gulf States to conclude a new regional agreement, with the entry of the Gulf crisis in its second year.
In an article published in The New York Times last year, Qatar's foreign minister and deputy prime minister, Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani, said Qatar had been subjected to "reckless and reckless siege" by four countries - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates The United States and Egypt, explaining that these countries "felt threatened by Qatar's independent foreign policy, and in response, they closed the border and blocked flights to Qatar."
Al-Thani added, "The countries of the blockade may have expected the state of Qatar to sink. If this is their intention, their effort was counterproductive, "saying that Qatar today stronger than it was a year ago.
Al-Thani said his country had "within 24 hours of the embargo" adopted new sources and alternative and more sustainable supply routes for commodities such as food and medicine, adding that long-term contracts for economic cooperation had been signed in the coming weeks and months, To diversify the economy by reducing dependence on hydrocarbon resources.
In October, months after the embargo, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Qatar's economy was the fastest growing in the Gulf region.
He stressed that the siege imposed on Qatar undermined the stability of the Middle East. "Now it must be clear that there can be no winners in this conflict, so it is time for the countries of the blockade to abandon the illusion of victory and give priority to the security interests of the entire Middle East and put an end to the blockade "He said.
Al-Thani said that the State of Qatar believes that the Gulf states need to develop a new framework for the promotion of peace and security, pointing out that the Gulf Cooperation Council has historically been a stabilizing factor in the Gulf, but the Council was not intended to serve as a regional court or advocacy group or policy-making body.
He pointed out that the issues facing the Arab Peninsula countries require a broader platform for dialogue and negotiation, adding: "The Government of Qatar believes that a new regional agreement, not linked to the recent dispute, can restore the leadership and positive authority that existed previously, and that would help our region In addressing the economic and political challenges we face. "
"Everyone agrees that the time has come to end this unfortunate chapter in Gulf history," he said.