We can endure present situation for long time: envoy
September 08 2017 10:11 PM
Abdulaziz Ali al-Naama, Qatar's ambassador to Greece.
Abdulaziz Ali al-Naama, Qatar's ambassador to Greece.

QNA/Athens

Qatar's ambassador to Greece, Abdulaziz Ali al-Naama, has stressed that Qatar is able to endure the situation caused by the siege for a long time.

In an interview with the Greek newspaper The Editors, the ambassador said, "We are preparing to present 3,000 lawsuits from individuals and 600 files in Qatar Chamber of Commerce to international courts.”
He pointed out that Qatar has filed a complaint to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against the trade embargo imposed by the siege countries to avoid the repercussions and economic damage caused by the siege.
He explained that Qatar filed this complaint after losing hope that the siege countries would reconsider their positions, which is contrary to social norms and international laws.
The ambassador said that the siege countries "have only two options - either to negotiate with the Qatari government within 60 days, or to face trade sanctions and international banks' refrain from dealing with them if the WTO rules in favoUr of Qatar".
He pointed out that the siege countries have also begun to suffer, as some international banks started offering their services to Qatar through their London and New York centres instead of Dubai because of the difficulties imposed by the Gulf crisis.
On the implications of the Convention on Combating Terrorism signed recently by Qatar and the US, the ambassador said that the significance of this agreement stems from the facts that the major powers recognise Qatar as a party to the international coalition against extremism and terrorism, Qatar's continued fulfillment of its international obligations to promote international peace and security, its efforts to settle disputes through peaceful means and its international and bilateral counter-terrorism efforts.
He noted, "Qatar has provided educational opportunities for more than 7mn children and created more than 300,000 jobs to give hope to those at risk of being recruited by terrorist groups."
On the implications of the return of the Qatari ambassador to Tehran, ambassador al-Naama said that the return reflects Qatar's desire to develop its relations with Iran, adding that his is reflected in the Qatari Foreign Ministry's statement, which announced the resumption of diplomatic relations between Doha and Tehran, where Qatar expressed its aspiration to strengthen bilateral relations with Iran in all fields.



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