Qatar has underlined that the continuation of the intractable Gulf crisis and the unjust siege imposed on it have serious implications for security, stability and food security in the region.
This came in the speech delivered by Qatar’s ambassador to Italy and its Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Agencies in Rome, Abdulaziz bin Ahmed al-Malki al-Jehni, at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)’s Regional Ministerial Conference for the Near East, held in Rome.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of backing terrorism, a charge which Doha denies.
Ambassador al-Jehni referred to the development programmes and projects implemented by Qatar and its policies to achieve national food security and self-sufficiency.
He highlighted the negative effects and consequences of the unjust and unilateral siege imposed on Qatar on regional food security, calling on the Regional Ministerial Conference for the Near East and FAO to work towards ending this siege.
Al-Jehni said that the unjust siege and the arbitrary measures imposed on Qatar without any legal or logical justification, adversely affected and even impeded the FAO's mission to achieve world food security, adding that what the siege countries are doing is contrary to the principles and provisions of international law and the basis of friendly relations between states and human rights.
He further added that in light of the international situation, which is fraught with tensions, conflicts and the increasing challenges resulting from continuing conflicts as well as the worrying slowdown in crisis resolution, while the challenges facing the Middle East must be mutually supportive and responsive, the continuation of the intractable crisis and the unjust siege against Qatar have serious consequences not only for the security and stability of the region, but also for food security in countries of the region.
Ambassador al-Jehni explained that the serious repercussions of this fabricated crisis against Qatar are not only affecting it but also many other countries of the region, which necessitates the immediate lifting of this unjust siege and the end of all arbitrary measures against Qatar and the need to adopt dialogue in resolving differences in accordance with the UN Charter, which Qatar has always called for.
Al-Jehni added that the agricultural production in the Middle East and North Africa region is at its lowest level, and basic food remained a priority for public spending, coupled with population growth rates, which have resulted in high rates of unemployment and migration, especially among young people and women.
Al-Jehni that Qatar has been working actively to implement and develop a wide range of programmes, projects, plans and studies aimed at developing the agriculture, livestock and fisheries sectors to address climate change and that all these programmes and projects prepared by the State are very important in achieving self-sufficiency and national food security.