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Qatar’s foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani attends the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland September 11, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Manama, Geneva- UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain expressed on Monday their sorrow for what has been stated by the Qatari foreign minister infront of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, stressing that his statement doesn’t show intention to consider the concerns of the four states and other states that were undermined by these hostile policies.

UAE’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Obaid Salem al-Zaabi said in a joint statement that the “Qatari minister’s claims about his government’s bias to human rights and the nations’ right to determine their fate is an attempt to improve its image before the international community and the global public opinion without changing its hostile policies.”

“Since 20 years, Qatar has built a platform in support of extremism and terrorism, including financial support, safe haven and the promotion of terrorist ideology and persons representing such ideologies. Some of these persons are already on the international terrorism list, and they have not only affected many governments and peoples of the region, but also have spread to the peoples of other countries. There is ample evidence of this fact in the measures taken by a group of countries outside the Middle East against Qatar,” the statement added.

It was concluded with, “We regret the lack of wisdom in the speech of the Qatari minister, as his speech does not reflect a sincere intention to positively deal with the mediation efforts of the Kuwaiti emir that we appreciate.”

Further, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa stated that his Qatari counterpart doesn’t show willingness to resolve the Qatari crisis and is a repeating what has been stated previously by the Qatari party.

The four states are boycotting Qatar economically and politically to push it to halt its hostile policies towards the security and stability of the quartet and the region in general.