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The six-member Gulf bloc says it backs Doha to “respond to any interference in its internal affairs”.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has condemned the German Interior Minister’s remarks about the World Cup to be hosted by Qatar between November 20 and December 18.
In an interview with the ARD network and broadcast on Thursday, German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser questioned the Gulf state’s advisability of hosting the FIFA World Cup, saying: “There is has criteria that must be met and it would be better if the tournaments were not granted to these states.
A day later, Qatar summoned the German ambassador to protest the comments.
It is the first time that Qatar has summoned a foreign ambassador for such comments.
On Saturday, GCC Secretary General Nayef al-Hajraf voiced his support for Qatar in a statement posted on the council’s website.
The six-member Gulf bloc backs Doha to “respond to any interference in its internal affairs by publishing allegations that do not serve the establishment of normal relations between the two countries”, he said.
“Qatar is heading for further success, and hosting the 2022 World Cup is a source of deserved pride.”
The General Secretary of the GCC condemns the statements of the Minister of the Interior of the Federal Republic of #Germany With regard to Qatar’s hosting of the #World Cup https://t.co/ZHAECVasAI#GCC#Qatar pic.twitter.com/VEyiukHiPK
— مجلس التعاون (@GCCSG) October 29, 2022
The Secretary General also hailed “the pioneering role” played by Qatar in building “communication and promoting understanding between nations within a framework of mutual respect”.
“Unprecedented campaign” against Qatar
On Tuesday, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, said his country had been subjected to an unprecedented campaign of criticism that no host country had ever encountered during the Cup. of the world.
“We initially handled the matter in good faith, and even considered some criticisms to be positive and useful, helping us to develop those aspects of ours that need to be developed,” the emir told Qatar’s legislative council .
“But it soon became clear to us that the campaign continues, expands and includes manufacturing and double standards, until it reaches a level of ferocity that has many, unfortunately, wondering about the real reasons and motives for this campaign.”
Qatar has been in the spotlight for its treatment of foreign workers and its human rights record since winning the right to host the biggest event in world football.
The country has highlighted widespread reforms to its labor and industrial safety record in recent years, which have been welcomed by international unions.