Qatar faced humiliating blockade with courage: Qatar’s Ambassador to India

New Delhi: On the completion of one year of Qatar siege and boycott, Qatar’s Ambassador to India Mohammed bin Khater Al Khater, said last year on June 5 Qatar faced a calamity when 4 Arab countries, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic relations with Qatar and imposed an unjust land, sea and air embargo on Qatar. He said many international institutions including United Nations voiced against the blockade. United Nations termed the siege as insulting, oppressive, biased and dangerous for the region.

The ambassador recalled the move saying it was a move we had not thought of; they had imposed a land, sea and air embargo which effected the social and human life of Qatar. The neighbouring areas also didn’t remain unaffected. The siege created major human problems, relations and families broke. It effected badly on Qatari students who were not allowed to continue their studies. The most reprehensive of all was that the Qatari citizens were deprived of religious rites like Hajj and Umrah.

Mohammed bin Khater Al Khater hailed that the Qatar bravely faced the crisis and gradually succeeded in overcoming the difficulties. Today, Qatar is stronger than it was a year ago. Within 24 hours of the imposition of the blockade, Qatar quickly established new sources and alternate, more sustainable supply routes for basic goods, like food and medicine.