Doha, Oct 25 (EFE).- The Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, denounced this Wednesday as “provocative” the statements of his Israeli counterpart, Eli Cohen, who yesterday in New York before the United Nations He said that “Hamas is Qatar,” which “undermines efforts” to free the hostages held by the Palestinian Islamist group.
Al Thani expressed himself like this during a press conference he held in Doha together with the Turkish Foreign Minister, Hakan Fidan, who was visiting his country, in which he said he was “astonished” by these statements that come just when Qatar is making efforts “to ensure the release of prisoners and de-escalate.”
“These provocative statements undermine the efforts and cannot be understood except in the context of blackmail and political propaganda. We hope that all parties will respect the efforts made by Qatar and its partners and help us make them successful,” he added.
The politician stressed that for his country, “the only way to a peaceful and immediate solution” to the crisis is to “keep all channels open with all parties,” since “rapid communication” is required to obtain results.
Furthermore, the Qatari prime minister reaffirmed his country’s position “against the massive punishment against the Gaza Strip”, where “a flagrant violation of international laws” is taking place.
“We reiterate our total rejection of treating this crisis with double standards, the murder of civilians cannot be condemned here and justified there. All parties involved in the violation of international law must be held accountable. Otherwise, the logic of force will win the force of logic,” he said.
In a statement to the United Nations Security Council, Eli Cohen said the international community should demand that Qatar step up its efforts to free the more than 200 people held captive in Gaza.
“Qatar, which finances and hosts Hamas leaders, could influence and allow the immediate and unconditional release of the hostages held by the terrorists,” Cohen emphasized.
The Arab country has hosted the political leadership of the Palestinian Islamist group for years and pays the salaries of Hamas officials in Gaza, in addition to frequently giving cash to poor families in the enclave.
However, today the head of Israel’s National Security, Tzachi Hanegbi, highlighted “Qatar’s diplomatic efforts”, in possible allusion to its role in the release of hostages captured by Hamas.
“I am pleased to say that Qatar is becoming an essential part and actor in promoting humanitarian solutions. Qatar’s diplomatic efforts are crucial at this time,” Hanegbi wrote today through the social network X (formerly Twitter).