the official spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry holds a press conference on the sidelines of 37th Session of the Human Rights Council

At a press conference held in Geneva, Switzerland, on the sidelines of 37th Session of the Human Rights Council, HE Lulwah Rashid Al Khater, the official spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, said that affirmation of the blockade states that the only way out of this crisis is through Kuwaiti mediation is a good development and progress by the blockade countries, stressing that the State of Qatar welcomes Kuwaiti mediation and respects the positive and active role of HH the Emir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

She added that HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani was the only leader among the parties of the Gulf crisis who attended the GCC summit in Kuwait in appreciation of Kuwaiti mediation, urging the blockade countries to take serious steps and to respond to the Kuwaiti mediation appeals to return to the dialogue table.

Qatar remains the fastest growing economy among the GCC countries despite the blockade, she said, noting that Qatar remains the world's first exporter of liquefied natural gas and the second largest exporter of helium gas. Qatar's economy is strong, but its concerns about the Gulf crisis are threefold: human rights violations, regional security, and the insistence of the blockade countries to resort to the back-door-policy instead of dealing with diplomatic and political channels, she said.

Replying to a question by Spanish news agency, HE Lulwah Al Khater said that Qatari diplomacy has been very active recently, pointing out in this regard to the US-Qatari dialogue which was held at the end of January in Washington, as well as several tours made by Qatari diplomacy in various continents.

In this respect, she pointed that US, the spearhead of the fight against terrorism, stressed in the joint statement issued by the US-Qatar Strategic Dialogue on January 30, that Qatar is a partner in the fight against terrorism.

As for the attempts to deprive Qatar from organizing the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson expressed hope that this is not the purpose of the blocked, stressing that Qatar is continuing to build the necessary infrastructure for the World Cup.

She affirmed that the World Cup will be held in Qatar, calling on the international media to come to Qatar and see the progress in of World Cup projects.