Minister of Foreign Affairs participates in 152nd Ordinary Session of Arab League Council at Ministerial Level
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, participated in the 152nd Ordinary Session of the Council of the League of Arab States at the Ministerial Level. The Council discussed the draft submitted by the Kingdom of Bahrain regarding the violations of Al-Jazeera Channel against Arab states. The draft affirmed that Al-Jazeera Channel, representing a media outlet of the State of Qatar, continues to attack Arabs through its programs, documentaries and fabricated news reports. It added that the channel works on promoting hatred and discord in the Arab community and inciting people against national systems and symbols, in full disregard of the principles of the Arab Media Honor Code and the relevant international charters.
The item submitted by the Kingdom noted that for two decades, Al-Jazeera has hosted various terrorist, rouge and outlaw groups that are wanted in Arab countries. It added that the channel is considered the main source that promotes the ideologies of terrorist and extremist groups such as Al-Qaeda, Daesh, Boko Haram, Al-Shabab in Somalia, Ansar Allah in Yemen and many other terrorist organizations who broadcasted exclusively from this channel.
It also added that Qatar has used this channel to circulate fabricated news and broadcast offensive news reports and documentaries that harm the interests of the Kingdom of Bahrain with the aim of undermining peace and security and threatening civil peace as well as inciting hatred and sectarianism, in order to affect national unity. It also stressed that the channel has waged systematic media wars against the Kingdom of Bahrain in order to distort the human rights situation and hinder the process of reform, democracy and development.
The item affirmed the involvement of Al-Jazeera in cases of intelligence and harming the national security of the Kingdom of Bahrain, stressing that such crimes are documented with their evidence and are pending before the judiciary. It also stressed the importance of taking strict legal measures to curb the practices of this channel and observing its hostile acts against Arab countries and people.
The Council decided to refer this item to the Council of Arab Information Ministers for consideration.
The Council also issued a resolution on the Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries, condemning the Iranian interventions in the internal affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain, its support to terrorism, training terrorists, smuggling weapons and explosives, provoking sectarian strife, and issuing statements at various levels to destabilize security, order and stability in the Kingdom. It also highlighted the role of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and its arms, the Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq terrorist brigades and the terrorist Hezbollah, in establishing and training terrorist groups in the Kingdom. It noted that such acts are contrary to the principle of good neighborliness and non-interference in internal affairs of other countries in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter and the international law. The Council also emphasized its support to the Kingdom of Bahrain to combat terrorism and terrorist groups to maintain security and stability.
The resolution praised the efforts of the security bodies in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, who managed to thwart many terrorist plans and arrest the members involved. The resolution also held the Lebanese Hezbollah – which is a partner in the Lebanese government – accountable for supporting terrorism and terrorist groups in the Arab countries with weapons and ballistic missiles. It also condemned the hostile speech of Hezbollah’s Secretary-General on the occasion of Ashura (10 September 2019) where he issued rejected statements against the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Yemen, in a blatant interference in the internal affairs of these countries with the aim of provoking sedition and hatred. It emphasized the need to stop Hezbollah from spreading extremism and sectarianism and interfering in the internal affairs of states. It also urged Hezbollah not to support for terrorism and terrorists and to stop hatred and provocative speech.
Concerning the item of safeguarding Arab national security and combating terrorism, the Council issued a resolution welcoming the designation of some persons belonging to Al-Ashtar Brigades in the Kingdom of Bahrain on the list of terrorists, considering that this position reflects the determination of the world countries to address all forms of terrorism at the regional and international levels. The designation also supports the efforts and steps taken by the Kingdom of Bahrain to promote security, stability and peace.
The Council also discussed several issues, including the Arab League reform, the Palestinian issue and the situation in Libya, the Syrian Arab Republic and the Republic of Yemen.