The Diplomatic Salon; "a dialogue-based event" organized by the Diplomatic Institute hosted H.E. Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, and attended by H.E. Dr. Ahmed Bin Hassan Al Hammadi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a number of ambassadors of brotherly countries.
Her Excellency Mrs. Nadia Al-Shaibi, Assistant Director of the Diplomatic Institute expressed her thanks to the Minister for meeting the invitation to talk about important topics; land, sea and air blockade and the measures taken by the relevant countries.
H.E. Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, underlined the sever measures applied by the blockade countries against the State of Qatar; starting with closing air routes, the only land route, and shutting down Qatari companies in Jebel Ali-UAE.
H.E. the Minister, Al-Sulaiti, revealed the immoral actions applied by the blockade countries where they had jammed communications and aerial frequencies. H.E. introduced the precautions that have been taken by the State of Qatar to confront the blockade, which unfortunately targeted both, citizens and residents; ranging from 24 hours' notice for Qatari nationals to leave Saudi Arabia, especially Mu'tamireen (pilgrims) who have faced troubles with the closure of Qatar Airways offices to closing all Qatari Bank ATM cards.
H.E. the Minister, Al-Sulaiti, expressed his thanks to the State of Kuwait for transporting Qatari pilgrims, also, expressed his thanks to the countries which declined the decision adopted by the blockade countries of which the air route was closed, they were: the US, the UK, France, Malaysia, Brazil, and Turkey.
The blockade countries have taken a decision to close their airspaces to the flights coming to Qatar. Because violating the international laws, they rescinded the decision while the ban continued on the Qatari Airways. Moreover, the blockade states also denied vessels calling at Qatar from bunkering at their ports, provisions, and maintenance, despite being contrary to international law, however, confined the Qatari vessels only.
Al-Sulaiti said "the blockade imposed a challenge for us, however, Qatar has achieved a qualitative leap in various fields; we have found out four air routes that reduced the distance to Europe. In addition, Hamad seaport was opened up where the Qatari vessels will reach 172 destinations around the world". H.E. spoke about the maritime Silk Road, which Qatar signed an agreement as a participant, and pointed out that Port of Ruwais became a global one, and the work has already been initiated to convert Doha Port into a tourist destination.