Posted on October 01, 2017

The Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations in New York held a high-level meeting on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.

The meeting, which was organized under the title “From cyberattack to illegal measures: The blockade against the State of Qatar”, coincided with the completion of more than three months after the Gulf crisis started, and highlighted the impact of the crisis and its multifaceted repercussions on the countries concerned, the region and the world. The first session, which was moderated by Special Envoy of the Foreign Minister for Combating Terrorism, Dr Mutlaq bin Majid Al Qahtani, reviewed the events that affected the State of Qatar since the cyberattack on Qatar News Agency on May 24 and the publication of false statements attributed to Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

In a speech during the session, HE Attorney General Dr Ali bin Fetais Al Marri said that cyber security and piracy are one of big and dangerous crimes that threaten international peace and security, stressing that false news as well as piracy for political purposes should not be left to technical experts who deal with information technology. He pointed out that the issue is of great concern to the international community, stressing that states should deal with this phenomenon and should resort to taking measures not only to punish organizations and individuals involved in piracy for political or personal gain but also treat them as the main source of threat to international peace and security. He also urged the international community to ban information obtained through piracy, to prevent it from having any legal value.