The Cabinet praised His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani’s speech at the opening session of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, and expressed pride in his wise leadership.
After HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani chaired the regular weekly Cabinet meeting at the Emiri Diwan on Wednesday, HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud said the Cabinet also stressed the efforts of the State to address the issues arising from the ongoing unjust siege, the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.
“The speech received great attention and was welcomed at both the regional and international levels for containing the principles, values and fixed pillars of the State of Qatar's policy and its clear positions on various regional and international issues, including the fabricated Gulf crisis, the unjust siege imposed on the State and its rejection of threats, guardianship, dictations, slander and prejudice to sovereignty,” QNA said.
The Cabinet also expressed its “deep pride in the wise leadership of HH the Emir, which embodies the hopes and aspirations of his loyal people and his historic position in facing the illegal siege,”, stressing support for His Highness's wise policy and call to resolve differences through dialogue on the basis of mutual respect for sovereignty.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet expressed its appreciation for the mediation efforts of Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah as well as for all the countries that have supported this mediation.
Further, the Cabinet highlighted the “continued efforts of the State to address this unjust siege as well as to ensure that all means are available to preserve the dignity and interests of citizens and residents, and to support their steadfastness and determination to the independence of the sovereign will of the State of Qatar”, according to QNA.
In his speech on Tuesday, the Emir renewed a call for dialogue based on the mutual respect for sovereignty to end the Gulf crisis and called for an international convention on settling disputes between states by peaceful means.
Addressing the UN General Assembly, he said the countries that are blockading Qatar are inflicting damage on the "war on terror" while perpetrators of the QNA hacking had committed an assault against a sovereign State.
Sheikh Tamim said the countries that imposed the unjust blockade on Qatar intervened in the internal affairs of the State and ripped apart families to force them to change their political affiliation to destabilise a sovereign country. "Isn’t this one of the definitions of terrorism?" he wondered.