YEAR ON THE SIEGE



In a statement by His Excellency Mr. Saqr Bin Mubarak Al Mansouri, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the passing of one year on the blockade imposed on the State of Qatar, the Ambassador noted that the State of Qatar has achieved many developments in 2017 despite the siege.


The State of Qatar has succeeded in opening new air routes and has launched several agreements to open sea lines with many Arab and international ports.  Among the important ones comes Karachi port and its major role that it will play with Hamad port.


The State of Qatar has taken necessary steps to support the industrial sector by opening more than 95 factories to support self-sufficiency in food and dairy products.  It is expected that by the end of this year the local dairy products will cover 90% of the market requirement.  Other measures were also taken in food security related projects.


The preparedness of the State of Qatar for hosting the World Cup is in full swing and all its related projects will be completed according to its schedule.


The Ambassador informed that more than 30 international companies had opened their offices in Doha during last year and the exportation of LNG to China has increased in addition to activities conducted by Qatar to sign new agreements with number of countries.


The Ambassador noted that the blockade imposed on the State of Qatar had negative impact on the social relations among interlinked Gulf families that are linked by bonds of brotherhood, history and blood.  Large number of families were affected by the blockade.  We hoped that the Gulf people would not be thrown into a political conflict that would be resolved one day.


In this regard, the State of Qatar continues to believe in dialogue to solve this crisis without any dictates or preconditions and with respect to the sovereignty of States.  It also continues to support the mediation initiative taken by His Highness Emir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah.