In response to the speech given by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir at the United Nations General Assembly, Second Secretary at Qatar's Permanent Mission to the UN, Talal Rashid al-Khalifa, said that terrorism found its incubator in the religious extremism that has been used by Saudi Arabia to achieve political goals.
Earlier speaking at the United Nations, al-Jubeir said Qatar's activities had made the Arab boycott against it an unavoidable choice.
"The Qatar boycott is part of the efforts made by Saudi Arabia and its allies to combat terrorism," Jubeir was quoted as saying by Al Arabiya TV.
Refuting the Saudi foreign minister's baseless allegation, the Qatari diplomat said Riyadh politicised the term “terrorism” to serve its interests and used it to punish anyone who disagreed with it.
"After more than a year of the unjust siege imposed on the State of Qatar, and without being able to achieve its objectives, and without anyone being convinced of the false allegations on which it was based, the slanders of Saudi representatives aimed at harming my country's reputation are repeated," al-Khalifa said.
"However, Qatar's record of international cooperation speaks for itself. We do not need to refute the allegations made against our country in areas where we have taken the lead in the region, especially combating terrorism, drying up its sources, combating extremism and supporting sustainable peace. However, we reiterate that repeating these accusations by the same parties without any evidence or facts only serves to undermine their credibility."
Al-Khalifa said in order to eradicate the the scourge of terrorism, "we have to find its causes and roots." He said Qatar has repeatedly stressed this point in many forums. "It is known that terrorism found its incubator in the inherent religious excess that was employed by Saudi Arabia to achieve political objectives which serve certain conditions."
He said today in Saudi Arabia, moderate clerics, reformers and human rights activists, especially women, are imprisoned without fair trials.
"Saudi Arabia tries to dress up violations of international law with a human character; yet this does not mislead the world," he added.
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