Qatar has welcomed the constructive initiatives to find means toward de-escalation and settle differences through dialogue in the Gulf region, stressing the region’s strategic importance and its serious endeavour towards resolving crises peacefully, achieving political and security stability and strengthening preventive diplomacy.
This came in a statement delivered by HE the Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations ambassador Sheikha Alya bint Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani at the UN Security Council Meeting on the Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Comprehensive Review of the Situation in the Arabian Gulf Region, convened by Russia which chairs the Council’s works for this month led by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
HE Sheikha Alya expressed Qatar’s welcoming of constructive initiatives to find means toward de-escalation and settle differences through dialogue, stressing that resolving differences through dialogue is the core of Qatar’s foreign policy and the approach it has followed in dealing with the Gulf crisis with wisdom and the principles of peaceful settlement of disputes.
She also stressed that this is Qatar’s policy since the beginning of the crisis as His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani called for a serious and constructive dialogue based on common interests, good neighbourliness, mutual respect for the sovereignty, independence and unity of States and non-interference in their internal affairs, and expressed his commitment to mediation, especially the efforts of the late Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah and the efforts of brotherly and friendly countries.
HE Sheikha Alya continued that Qatar is working to preserve its interests while adhering to the established principles, pointing out that the common interests and destiny of the countries of the region are much more than what divides them, reiterating Qatar’s firm conviction that there is no way to achieve sustainable peace in the region except by settling disputes through an approach to resolving crises within collective frameworks.
Ambassador Alya also affirmed Qatar’s keenness to maintain the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) as a model for a subregional framework for co-operation and co-ordination, adding that disputes between its members is supposed to be settled under its umbrella, as this is one of the purposes for which it was originally established.
She pointed out that before the escalation of the crises in the Gulf region to their current status, His Highness the Amir has called, since 2015 from the forum of the United Nations General Assembly, to agree on rules that govern relationship between Iran and the GCC countries, and to conduct a meaningful dialogue based on common interests, respect for sovereignty, and non-interference in the internal affairs of states.
Ambassador Alya also noted the vision set forth by His Highness the Amir to get out of the tense situation in the region by establishing an effective framework for shared security in our region, referring to the Amir’s speech at the Munich Security Conference in 2018, in which he urged to agree on basic security principles and rules of governance, and at least a minimum level of security to allow for peace and prosperity.
She explained that this vision does not only guarantee the end of existing crises, but rather their non-occurrence or escalation in the future, on the basis of integration instead of collision and of common interests instead of unilateral goals.
HE the ambassador stressed that discussing means to reduce tensions needs a realisation that the first steps to pave the way towards the goal of sustainable stability and de-escalation, are to sincerely end these crises in accordance with the principles of confidence-building, good neighbourliness and common interest.
She pointed to many common challenges and risks facing the region, perhaps the most prominent of which are the threats of terrorism, climate and epidemics, calling for co-operation in facing these common challenges, which would pave the way towards the settlement of the most complex crises in the Middle East region, that can only be resolved on the basis of law, respect for the United Nations Charter and the provision of security development and protection of human rights.
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