Qatari Emir’s speech a bundle of contradictions

The first speech from Qatar’s Amir on the crisis with the neighboring countries carried many contradictions. (Screengrab)

The first speech delivered by Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on the crisis with the neighboring countries carried several contradictions, most notably regarding those dealing with Doha’s approach mediation efforts.

The facts refute what Al-Thani said as the first obstacle facing Kuwaiti mediation was Doha leaking the list of 13 demands made by the countries calling for the fight against terrorism. It should have remained confidential between the two sides. Sheikh Tamim, however, was keen to position Qatar under his rule as a state that respects covenants and agreements, whether written or oral.

This contrasts with Qatar’s behavior in the build up to the crisis with the Gulf states. Even the American media broadcast leaks confirming that Doha didn’t abide by agreements reached in Riyadh in 2013 and 2014 in a previous attempt to resolve a similar crisis.

The Qatari Emir said that his country was fighting terrorism, relentlessly and without compromises, and there is international recognition of Qatar’s role in this regard. It does this not because the coutnry wants to appease anyone but because it considers terrorism a heinous crime against humanity.

Excerpts from the speech:

In the name of Allah the Most Merciful, The Most Compassionate. Distinguished citizens, and all those who live on the good land of Qatar, brothers and sisters. In these circumstances that our country is passing through, I wish to address your conscience in the language of reason...

...They have seen through the heavy curtain of fabrications and incitement, without blurring or distorting their vision, and were able to understand the implications of the attempt to impose pressure on this country, and the gravity of the subservience to language of incitement, threats and diktats.

...We know that there have been differences with some GCC countries over Qatar’s independent foreign policy. We too do not agree with the foreign policy of some member states of the GCC, especially over the attitude toward the aspirations of the Arab people, supporting just causes, and distinguishing between legitimate resistance to occupation and terrorism, in addition to other issues...

...However, we do not try to impose our opinion on anyone. We have never thought that these differences would spoil the sense of amity. There are many commonalities for which the GCC as a regional organization has been established. Some brothers thought they were living alone in this world, and that money can buy everything...

...We have been very saddened to see how some countries have used defamation and fictions against Qatar to stir political malice against us in the West. This is a disgrace under all norms: first because the allegations are baseless, and secondly because they have wrongfully prejudiced. Do we not teach our children at a young age that lying and malicious snitching are two of the worst vices? Is slander and tarnishing a reputation not a crime punishable by law in all civilized countries?

...While the scourge of terrorism must not be underestimated, we cannot ignore other issues in our world. We believe that the whole world, including our region, also suffers from problems such as poverty, tyranny, occupation and others. This suffering needs to be addressed, as it is also a significant root cause of violent extremism and terrorism...

...I do not want to underestimate the scale of suffering and pain caused by the siege, and I hope that this approach in dealing among brothers will come to an end, and that differences may be resolved through dialogue and negotiation, for this approach has tarnished the image of all GCC countries in the eyes of the world...

...It is high time to stop making the citizens of our countries pay the price of political differences among governments. Our Arab region has known the method of revenge and collective punishment of citizens of the other country in case of disagreement with its government, and we have so far succeeded in avoiding this here in the Gulf...

...Any solution to this crisis in the future must include arrangements to ensure that this retaliatory approach in dealing with innocent citizens will not be repeated when there is a political dispute between governments. Despite the bitterness caused by these steps, the most prevalent proverbial wisdom in the Qatari society these days is: “Every cloud has a silver lining “, which corresponds with the Quranic verse: “And perhaps you may hate something which is good for you.”

...As we pass through this test with honor and dignity, I am addressing you to emphasize that Qatar needs every one of you to build its economy and protect its security. We will also continue to work on the international arena to deepen bilateral cooperation and conclude bilateral agreements between Qatar and other countries...

May Allah’s Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon you all.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51
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