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Tawakkol Karman: blockading countries seek regime change in Qatar

The human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman said conspiracy and blockade against Qatar have already ended up with failure, pointing out that the four boycotting countries seek regime change in Qatar as an attempt to satisfy Abu Dhabi's rulers’ desire based on whims, idiocy and political adolescence.

These critical comments came in a series of tweets in response to statements by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir who confirmed yesterday at a news conference in Cairo that the political and economic boycott will continue until Qatar changes its policies for the better.  

“The Saudi foreign minister has seemingly forgotten all the charges against Qatar as he explained that the boycott is only aimed to force Qatar to change its policy,” Karman added. 

“The real purpose of this orchestrated plot is not to change Qatar’s policy, but to change politicians and rulers in Qatar,” she added  

After handing over the Yemeni and Syrian files to you, is there still a disturbing Qatari policy that you have to change, or now it has to do with politicians and rulers you may have decided to change in order to satisfy the whim of Abu Dhabi, Mrs. Karman continued, wonderingly. 

The political and economic boycott imposed by the three GCC members - Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain - along with Egypt on Qatar has failed, stressed Karman, citing that the unfair measures were responded by nobody except the Comoros despite the fact that everyone who attended the summits of Riyadh with Trump should have adopted the same measures. 

She reminded the blockading countries that they are not in the position to judge others because they have done many wrongdoings for which they must atone. 

The Nobel laureate revealed that it was planned that the blockade would culminate in a military intervention as as a punishment for Qatar’s support for the Arab spring in 2011.

The Gulf region is experiencing considerable internal tension following the severing of all diplomatic relations and border closure between Qatar from one side and the three Arab Gulf countries of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain from another side. 

On June 23, 2017, the Saudi-led bloc issued a 13-point demand list in exchange for the end of the anti-Qatar measures and gave a 10-day deadline, which ends on July 3.

The list included, among others, that Qatar shut down the Al Jazeera media network, close a Turkish military base and scale down ties with Iran.