Qatar’s foreign minister has said that the blockade by Gulf neighboring countries is violating international law and human rights, but repeated that Doha is ready for dialogue.
Speaking at a UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva on Sunday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, said Qatar has faced numerous challenges because of the “illegal imposition” by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, after accusing Doha of funding “terrorism”.
“These Gulf countries have taken illegal measures that constitute a grave violation of civil, economic and social human rights, including banning Qatari citizens travelling or transiting through their territories,” Al Thani said in the session.
“This has torn apart many families and has interrupted education and the right to work in Qatar.”
On June 5, the four countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed a land, air and sea blockade on its Gulf neighbor.
On June 22, the group issued a 13-point list of demands, including the shutdown of Al Jazeera, limiting ties with Iran, and expelling Turkish troops stationed in the country as a prerequisite to lifting the blockade.