UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organisations, Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, has cleared the stance of the four Gulf nations against Qatar, once and for all.
He affirmed that the actions taken by the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Arab Republic of Egypt, are legit sovereign decisions and are in no way a ‘blockade’, but a ‘boycott’.
The term ‘blockade’ should never be used when describing the ban against Qatar
The statement was released in response to a speech made by Qatar’s representative, where he called it as the “blockade by boycotting countries”, at a clustered interactive dialogue held by the Human Rights Council as part of its 36th regular session in Geneva on Thursday.
“The boycott was motivated by the damage caused by Qatar’s irresponsible behaviour in supporting, funding and providing shelter to terrorists and terrorist organisations, which is what pushed our countries to make the decision to boycott Qatar.”
Obaid Al Zaabi
He further explained the contradictions in Qatar’s narrative against the diplomatic ban
“In our opinion, these contradictions, which always exist in Qatar’s policies, reveal the double-standards of his speech, as Qatari officials have made a different speech for their own country, and another speech to mislead international public opinion and hide the true causes of the crisis, while everyone knows that Qatar supports terrorism and funds terrorist organisations.”