Addressing the 74th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly yesterday, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani emphasized the need for stability of the Gulf region.

He said that the strategic importance of the Gulf makes its stability a regional and international need, calling for the establishment of a regional security system to maintain security and stability.

Peace and stability in the region can be achieved by resolving differences through dialogue based on common interests and respect for the sovereignty of states, HH the Amir underlined.

“Stirring up tension and dictating the will by using siege and sanctions are not in the interest of any of them,” he said. 

He said the unjust, unlawful and unjustified blockade imposed by some countries on Qatar continues. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was its second victim paralyzing and causing it to lose its role.

“When I stood before you here two years ago, three months after the imposition of the blockade, I was confident of the steadfastness of the Qatari people and their brothers residing in Qatar, of surpassing the blockade’s effects, and even of taking advantage of the challenge imposed on us despite the cost we paid.

I have also been confident since the first day of the campaign of incitement and distortion which preceded the blockade that the Arab, Gulf and world public opinion will soon realize the concealed objectives of the propaganda campaign against Qatar, that is driven by tendencies of domination, the imposition of tutelage and control over the potentials of other states, and the real objective of making accusations that were quickly proved to be untrue, this has happened, as this approach had been unveiled repeatedly when other states fell victim to it,” HH the Amir said.

“In line with our firm policy of respect for international law and the peaceful resolution of differences and disputes, we, who have sustained aggression, emphasize our position that the unconditional dialogue based on mutual respect and the lifting of the unjust blockade is the only means to end this crisis,” he added.

Furthermore, HH the Amir expressed Qatar’s deep appreciation to the sincere efforts of His Highness Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Amir of the sisterly State of Kuwait, and the endeavors of the brotherly and friendly countries to resolve this crisis.

His Highness the Amir denounced the continued Israeli occupation of Palestinian and Arab territories, and the ensuing unlawful practices, and in particular the expansion of settlements, Judaisation of the city of Jerusalem, the unjust and strangling blockade of the Gaza Strip, intensifying the settlement in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights and changing its nature.

He called on international organizations to bring an end to the sufferings of the Palestinian people and emphasized on the establishment of a Palestinian State on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Regarding the Syrian crisis, HH the Amir said the sufferings of the Syrian people continue for the eighth year with no solution in sight. He called for the implementation of a political solution to the crisis.

Qatar will continue to provide political and humanitarian support to the Palestinian people, as well as the Syrian people. 

HH the Amir also shared Qatar’s concern about the unity of Yemen as well as its territorial integrity and sovereignty, stressing the necessity to complete the political process under the relevant Security Council resolutions, in particular resolution 2216.

In Libya, HH the Amir said the latest developments warn of risks for the country’s national unity and stability.

He said the latest military operations against the capital Tripoli have led to the non-holding of the comprehensive Libyan national conference, “which reveals a new failure to the collective security system in the Middle East region, the double standards and selectivity in the implementation of the international legitimacy due to the support extended by some countries to the military militias against the legitimate government, these militias which did not hesitate to commit war crimes against civilians.

“We call for holding accountable the perpetrators of such crimes, and for supporting the legitimate and internationally recognized government of the national accord, to enable it to assume all its tasks in putting an end to the suffering of the Libyan people and in restoring security and stability across Libya.”

In his speech, HH the Amir also outlined Qatar’s efforts to ensure peace and security across the world, including organizing the US-Taliban dialogue and peace efforts for Sudan.

He referred to the US-Taliban talks hosted by Qatar and called on the international community to combine efforts to achieve peace and stability in that country.

Qatar values the steps and agreements that have been reached among the Sudanese parties and renewed the commitment to stand alongside the brotherly Sudanese people, HH the Amir said, calling on the US to remove Sudan from the list of states sponsoring terrorism.

HH the Amir said the combination of terrorism and violent extremism has become a major threat to the entire world and called for a comprehensive approach that includes tackling its political, economic and social roots, along with the security and military action, to eliminate it.

“It is also necessary to distinguish between terrorism and the resistance against occupation,” he said.

Qatar will continue to actively participate in the international efforts to combat violent extremism, he said and referred to the conclusion of a partnership agreement between Qatar and the UN CounterTerrorism Office and the contribution of $75 million to strengthen the capability of that office.

HH the Amir further said although communication technology is of utmost importance, the misuse of this technology is threatening the security of states. “As you know, Qatar News Agency has been subject to digital piracy and espionage.”

He renewed his proposal for calling an international conference to find ways to regulate this issue and affirmed Qatar’s readiness to host the conference under the auspices of the United Nations.

Stressing on the need to combat the repercussions of climate change, HH the Amir called for joint international action. “In spite of the disparity among countries in terms of situations and circumstances, today more than ever, we are in need of international cooperation and to ensure the credibility of multilateral international action to counter the climate change challenges.

“Within this framework, Qatar has assumed an active role in the international efforts on climate change, in partnership with France, Jamaica and the United Nations, leading the coalition concerned with funding climate activities and carbon pricing.”

With regards to protecting and promoting human rights, HH the Amir said Qatar has made significant achievements in terms of workers’ rights and work conditions in coordination with the International Labour Organization.

Qatar has concluded partnerships with many United Nations organizations, and Doha will soon host the United Nations House, which comprises offices of various organs of the world body concerned with peace, development, human rights, the rule of law, humanitarian action and terrorism combating, he mentioned.

Moreover, “Qatar has recently announced the support of the core resources of the United Nations with the allocation of $500mn to be added to the support that Qatar has already provided, thus, Qatar is now considered as one of the biggest partners supporting the United Nations in various fields.”

The Amir concluded his speech by renewing Qatar’s commitment to multilateral international action, partnership, and cooperation “for the interest of our peoples and the good of humanity.”

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