Solution to Gulf crisis begins by lifting the blockade: HH the Amir

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Solution to Gulf crisis begins by lifting the blockade: HH the Amir

His Highness the Amir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Tuesday gave a virtual address to the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.

From the Gulf crisis to regional conflicts and the COVID-19 pandemic, HH the Amir touched upon several significant issues in his speech.

Here are the highlights of this speech:  

On the Gulf crisis

We have affirmed and we will continue to affirm that unconditional dialogue based on common interests and respect for the sovereignty of states is the way to solve the crisis that began with an illegal blockade, and its solution begins by lifting this blockade.

We affirm our deep appreciation for the sincere efforts of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Amir of the sisterly State of Kuwait, and we also value the efforts of brotherly and friendly countries to end this crisis.

After more than three years have passed since the unjust unlawful blockade on the State of Qatar, we are continuing the march of progress and development, and despite the blockade, Qatar has strengthened its active participation in international multilateral work to find solutions to other crises.

Qatar has established during the unjust and unlawful blockade the foundations of its policy based on respecting the provisions and principles of international law and the United Nations Charter, especially the principle of respecting the sovereignty of states and refusing to interfere in their internal affairs.


On Israel-Palestine conflict

Reaching the just and desired peace is represented in Israel's full commitment to the references and decisions of international legitimacy, and any arrangements that are not based on these references will not achieve peace, even if it is called peace.

A just peace can only be achieved by Israel’s commitment to the Arab Peace Initiative and the resolution of the Palestinian issue. We call on the international community and the Security Council to fulfill their responsibility to oblige Israel to lift the siege on the Gaza Strip.

We call on the international community to fulfill its responsibilities and obligate Israel to lift the siege on the Gaza Strip and return the peace process to its track through negotiations based on international decisions and not on force, ending the occupation within a specific period of time, and establishing an independent state of Palestine on the 1967 borders.

Despite the international consensus on the justice of the Palestinian cause, the international community stands helpless in the face of Israeli intransigence, the continued occupation of the Palestinian and Arab lands, the imposition of a stifling siege on Gaza, the continued expansion of settlement policy and the imposition of a fait accompli policy


On Afghan peace talks

With the grace of God and his success, our efforts with our international partners have culminated in success in holding the Afghan-Afghan peace negotiations, and their success depends on the Afghan brothers themselves, and we will make our effort in cooperation with the international community to facilitate dialogue.


On Yemen war

With regard to the raging war in the brotherly Yemen, which is still destroying Yemen's urbanization, destroying the foundations of life in it and threatening security in the region, we affirm that the only way to solve this crisis is through negotiation between the Yemenis according to the outcomes of the National Dialogue


On Libyan issue

On the Libyan issue, we renew our welcome to the cease-fire agreement and the revitalization of the political process in accordance with the Skhirat Agreement and all its outcomes.


On Beirut blast

We were agonized by what Lebanon went through after the explosion in the Beirut port, and we stood by the Lebanese brothers without conditions. It is not our habit to impose political conditions for solidarity in the face of disasters.


On Syrian war

Reaching a solution to the Syrian crisis is still impossible due to the intransigence of the Syrian regime and the inaction of the international community, especially the Security Council.

Based on this realization, the State of Qatar hastened to take all preventive measures and measures to protect citizens and residents, as it did not see a contradiction between this duty and the provision of aid to more than 60 countries and 5 international organizations.


On COVID-19 pandemic

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic reminded us that we live on the same planet and that multilateral cooperation is the only way to confront the challenges of epidemics, climate and the environment in general, and we would like to remember this when dealing with issues of poverty, war and peace and achieving our common goals in security and stability.