The success of a diplomatic initiative to convene a meeting in September to bring together the parties of the Gulf crisis will depend on the siege countries, Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ official spokesperson HE Lulwah al-Khater said.
She was responding to journalists on the sidelines of a seminar held by Qatar University on Monday night under the title 'A Year of Blockade: Current Situation and Future Aspirations’.
"With regard to the recent moves of the sisterly State of Kuwait, there is a movement in the direction of holding a meeting that brings together officials in the Gulf in September, but whether it will take place or not depends on the siege countries, whose behaviour in the past period was unfortunately unpredictable," HE al-Khater said.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ official spokesperson announced that though Qatar has overcome the economic repercussions of the siege, it is in the process of filing a complaint at the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva on the social damage caused to the families due to the siege. "We will not waive the rights of Qatari citizens. There is more than a path to claim these rights, including going to the international private law offices in relation to individual rights, and moving towards the World Trade Organisation," she said.
HE al-Khater reiterated that Qatar has fully overcome the economic consequences of the siege through the diversification of sources of supply, which would continue even if the crisis is resolved, as they are more sustainable. On the political implications of the Gulf crisis, she expressed Qatar's concern about the dangerous repercussions of the crisis on regional security, noting that the GCC system had been seen as the most stable amidst the crucial situation in the Arab world.
She explained there are countries that will fail and there are wars and problems in more than one place. “The GCC system was the hope of restoring stability, but it is experiencing a state of instability, which exacerbates the regional situation further.”
HE al-Khater stressed that the Gulf crisis contributed to deepening the crises in the region, saying: "We believe that regional security is deteriorating, but we have great hope to stop this deterioration."