Minister of State for Foreign Affairs : Qatar Ready for Dialogue to Resolve Gulf Crisis

Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs HE Sultan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi said that the State of Qatar has rejected to be placed in disputes and fabricated issues with some OIC member countries that would further divide the peoples of the Islamic nation, dispersing their efforts and weakening their capabilities, which must be directed towards further development, and prosperity for their peoples.

Addressing, the 44th Session of the OIC Foreign Ministers in the Ivory Coast capital of Abidjan, HE the Minister stressed the support of the State of Qatar for the sincere efforts of HH the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to mediate and find a solution to the crisis in the Gulf region.

HE the Minister called on the meeting to support Kuwaiti mediation, as did the summit of the African Union and many countries of the world.

HE the Minister reiterated Qatar’s adherence to international law and legitimacy and its rejection of illegal punitive measures against it. He also stressed Qatar’s the adherence to all the principles that are internationally agreed upon in dealing with states, foremost among which is the respect for the sovereign right of the state, non-interference in the internal affairs of any State and rejection of guardianship.

HE the Minister also affirmed that the State of Qatar is ready to dialogue, negotiate and find solutions to existing problems within the framework of respect for the rights of every State without dictating or threatening.

The State Minister said that Qatar, as an active member of the international community, is in line with the vision of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the international community on the need to combat terrorism and affirms its solidarity with the Islamic nation and other peoples who are exposed to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

He said that the State of Qatar renews its firm position that condemns terrorism in all its forms, and stresses on the importance of avoiding any linking of violence to religion. Qatar’s position also calls for plucking terrorism from the roots by ending its causes represented in marginalization, poverty, and youth unemployment. He added that the State of Qatar will continue its efforts in supporting international and regional counter-terrorism efforts.

HE the Minister of State said that the OIC was the entity that gathers all Muslims, states and peoples, and so it must work on uniting rather than dividing them. He added that the State of Qatar stresses the importance of having all OIC entities remaining on equal distance from all its members, in order to maintain its credibility as an executive body that unites all their majesties, excellencies, and highnesses leaders of Islamic countries.

He added that it was regrettable that the general-secretariat of the OIC chose to release a statement on June 5 this year siding with one party, in contrast to the OIC charter and procedures in regional and international organizations around the world.

HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi said that the current meeting is taking place at a time when the Islamic world is faced with critical and complicated challenges, starting with the Palestinian cause which is yet to find a just resolution. Another challenge was the difficult conditions in Syria, Yemen, and Libya in the aftermath of killing and destruction. There are also the tragic conditions facing a number of Muslim minorities. All these challenges, he added, require stronger cooperation to overcome them. He stressed that defending those causes and achieving the aspirations of people of the Muslim world for stability, progress, and development will only succeed through enhancing Islamic solidarity and joint work.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs