Emir instructed to maintain standard of living in Qatar, says Finance Minister. HE Minister of Finance Ali Shareef Al Emadi stressed that HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani had given firm instructions, from the very beginning of the siege of the State of Qatar, to do everything necessary to maintain the stability of the standard of living of the Qatari people. In an interview with British Sky News, HE Al Emadi reiterated that internal situation in Qatar is very comfortable and Qatar seeks to resolve the crisis through dialogue, expressing his belief that the current crisis is a challenge not only for Qatar but for the region as a whole.
His Excellency the Minister added that Qatar does not face challenges in terms of export movements, port or airport traffic, adding “we continue to operate flights to more than 150 destinations and our port capacity continues to exceed 5 million containers with direct shipping lines to the majority of foreign countries. We have business dealings with more than 190 countries and we will not be affected by the loss of 3 or 4 countries in commercial terms.”
HE Al Emadi added that the State of Qatar imports food from more than 100 countries and its loss of four of them can be compensated, stressing that shipments of Qatari gas have not been affected since the start of the siege. He noted that the demand to close Al Jazeera was unreasonable because “Al Jazeera is not for Qatar alone, but for the entire Arab world.” On accusations concerning Qatar’s rapprochement with Iran, His Excellency said the value of Qatar’s trade with Iran does not exceed $200 million a year, while the volume of the exchange of our neighboring countries, which level accusations against us, with Iran is $10 billion, making the UAE closer to Iran than Qatar.
Regarding the accusations of supporting terrorism levelled by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt against Qatar, Al Emadi said: “Osama bin Laden is not Qatari, he’s Saudi. People who hijacked the planes and bombed New York, 15 of them were not Qataris, they were Saudis and UAEs.” “Baghdadi is not Qatari, he’s a Jordanian; al Binali, was not Qatari, was Bahraini.”