Emir is keen on Mideast security pact, says official


Friday، 09 March 2018 12:12 AM

His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani aims to build a security pact for the Middle East on the lines of the European Union, Government Communications Office Director HE Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani said on Thursday. 
In a statement on the occasion of the Emir's visit to Belgium, Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed said through this pact Qatar aims to "ensure that no blockade is ever imposed against another country, to create a platform for conflict resolution in the region, and to offer all states and organisations such as the European Union, the United States or Nato the possibility to join it."
He referred to the EU as an example for Qatar.
"We want a stability comparable to yours - the EU - by creating a dialogue around security," he said, adding that "the only way to fight terrorism is to work together."
Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed reiterated Qatar condemns terrorism and reaffirms the need to "work together to tackle the roots of evil, identify the causes of terrorism and fight them." 
"We do not want to see any more terrorist attacks anywhere in the world," he said, referring to the second anniversary of the Brussels attacks which falls this month.
As for the social impacts of the siege imposed on Qatar since June 5, Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed said that it is "causing social hardship." 
"People can no longer see their families in neighbouring countries. It is harder for them to practise their religion and to go for pilgrimage to the holy places," he added.
To break the deadlock, he said, Qatar sees only one solution: "We must resume the dialogue, thousands of people are affected by this situation."
Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed denied any links between Qatar and terrorism financing.
"If they have evidence, they should show it. They want to justify the sanctions by invoking the fight against terrorism, but they had never addressed this issue before the blockade."
He said the siege countries "accuse Qatar of allowing some of its wealthy citizens to subsidise terrorists as mentioned in lists prepared by them. This list is unfounded, we have anti-terrorist procedures in place and we do not let anyone support terrorists."
Over the past 15 years, Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed said, Qatar's influence has grown on the international stage thanks to success of the country's diplomacy in settling conflicts in different regions, winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup, the growth in the energy and development sector, and the worldwide reach of Al Jazeera.
He added that some countries believe the growth of Qatar at all levels and at rapid pace will affect them and, hence, they are trying to curb Doha's role.
"We have been very active over the past 20 years both at the international and national level. We want to bring more stability to the world," the Government Communications Office director said.
On Qatar's view of the Arab Spring uprisings, Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed said they started with people demanding greater equality and dignity.
"We do not support any group. What we support is the right of people to live in dignity. We are connected with governments, whether they are close to Muslim Brotherhood or not."
As for Syria, Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed said that Doha condemns the repression by the regime against the Syrian people.
"Bashar al-Assad has done irreversible damage; using violence against people is setting the stage for terrorism." 
He stressed Doha's rejection of IS.
"What must be created now is a strategy for the post-IS. All countries in the region should get together and work on it."

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