The security and stability of Gulf and Arab countries will not be achieved by infringing on the sovereignty of States or interfering in their internal affairs, but only through respecting the rules that regulate relations among them and working to resolve differences through dialogue that takes into account the interests of all parties concerned.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said this while delivering a speech at the opening of the 47th ordinary session of the Advisory Council yesterday morning.
“History teaches us that crises are destined to pass away but their mishandling may linger and leave behind long-lasting repercussions,” he said. “It is indeed unfortunate that the ongoing Gulf crisis revealed the failure of the GCC to attain its goals and meet the aspirations of our Gulf peoples, which weakened its capability to face the challenges and risks and marginalised its regional and international role.
“It is hoped that the current crisis will be used to develop the council on sound foundations, including dispute resolution mechanisms and ensuring their non-recurrence in the future.
“Undoubtedly, the deterioration of the pan-Arab situation, including the Gulf, strips the Arab world of its immunity and ability to cope with the aggravation of various issues that we suffer from in Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Libya and others, and weaken our countries and expose our inter-relations to penetration.”
The State of Qatar will continue, as it has always been, to be an active and supportive side to all exerted efforts to resolve differences and confront the challenges and dangers surrounding the Arab and Islamic Ummahs and deal effectively with the issues and problems that threaten international peace and security, the Amir stressed.
“The Palestinian cause remains at the top of our priorities,” he said.
“In light of the continued Israeli intransigence and lack of will to achieve a comprehensive and just peace and imposing a fait accompli policy, we call upon the international community to put Israel in front of its responsibilities to stop all illegal practices against the Palestinian people, put an end to the unjust siege on the Gaza Strip and halt settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and other continued violations of the rights of the Palestinian people, and to resume peace negotiations in accordance with the principles of international legality based on the two-state solution and the right of return and the right of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.”
Regarding Yemen, “we reiterate our firm position of concern” about the stability, unity and territorial integrity of Yemen, he said. “We call upon all parties to cease fighting and resort to dialogue to resolve this crisis politically. It has been proven that there is no military solution to the Yemeni disputes. The brotherly Yemeni people have already demonstrated their ability to settle them through the National Dialogue.”
He also spoke about the Syrian issue, Iraq and Libya. – QNA
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