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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Says Engagement is Only Way Forward in Afghanistan

HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani warned against abandoning Afghanistan, stressing that isolation is not a solution, and that Engagement is the only way forward. His Excellency said in a joint press conference with HE Secretary of State of the United States of America Antony Blinken, in Washington that the priority of the State of Qatar is to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches the Afghan people, especially with the approach of winter, adding that Qatar needs to make sure that facilitation of humanitarian assistance runs smoothly and urges and encourages the Taliban to live up to their commitments. His Excellency explained that the State of Qatar is in constant consultation with the United States, noting that the two countries agree on the importance of meeting the needs of the Afghan people, ensuring their safety and protecting them from violence. His Excellency pointed out that the State of Qatar places great emphasis on providing food supplies, medicines and health care services, and ensuring the continuity of schools in Afghanistan, adding that Qatar encourages the participation of international organizations in providing this aid, especially with the approach of winter. His Excellency added that Qatar and the US must also ensure that the right people are evacuated. The State of Qatar assumes this responsibility by supervising the conduct of checks on evacuees from a security point of view.


Deputy PM and Minister of Foreign Affairs: 4th Strategic Dialogue Between Qatar and US is a Milestone in Their Historical Partnership

HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani stressed that the 4th strategic dialogue between the State of Qatar and the United States of America represents another milestone in the strong historical partnership between the two countries. His Excellency pointed out that the flourishing relations between the two countries, which were enabled by the mutual commitments between HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, and HE President of the United States of America Joe Biden, are manifested not only in the scope of the cooperation, but also through the deep friendship between the two countries. His Excellency said, in a speech during the opening session of the 4th Qatar-US Strategic Dialogue, in the American capital, Washington, that the two countries are partners in defense, security, investments, education and energy, and are international leaders in the fight against terrorism, because the friendship between the two countries extends through decades. His Excellency went on saying that this year, the friendship between the two countries was further strengthened by the State of Qatar's evacuation efforts from Afghanistan, as Qatar worked closely with the United States and its international partners to evacuate more than 70,000 personnel from Afghanistan, including American citizens and students from all over Afghanistan and Afghan staff and their families, and journalists from around the world. His Excellency added, there is still a lot to do in Afghanistan, and the State of Qatar remains committed to continuing the necessary work, along with the United States and its partners around the world, and Qatar is committed to contribute to the stability of Afghanistan and the safety and well-being of the Afghan people. His Excellency indicated that the strategic dialogue will discuss issues of common interest, and will reaffirm Qatar determination to deepen cooperation between the two countries in various fields, including strengthening the defense and security partnership.His Excellency said that the economic partnership between the State of Qatar and the United States of America exceeds USD 200 billion in the fields of trade and investment, explaining that the State of Qatar has invested hundreds of billions of dollars in the American economy, which translates into providing tens of thousands of jobs throughout the United States. His Excellency pointed out that the State of Qatar plays an important role in helping countries meet their energy needs, as a leading producer of natural gas, with its firm belief in the importance of measures to reduce emissions, through its global investments in green innovations and technologies, along with Qatar's environmental strategy.


Qatar Calls for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights and Upholding Rule of Law

The State of Qatar has called for constantly working to protect and promote human rights for all and uphold the rule of law, at the national, regional and international levels, and affirmed its constant condemnation of policies and procedures that increase exclusion, marginalization and deprivation at various levels. Qatar explained that avoiding conflicts and putting an end to them after their outbreak and ensuring the sustainability of peace after conflicts requires, above all, addressing the root factors that constitute a fertile environment for the outbreak and exacerbation of tensions, considering that exclusion, marginalization, discrimination and inequality are the causes of the outbreak of tensions. This came in the statement of the State of Qatar delivered by HE Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Ambassador Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani at the opening session of the UN Security Council Open Debate on "Maintaining international peace and security: Exclusion, inequality and conflict", which was chaired by HE President of the United Mexican States Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, whose country presided over the Council's work this month. In its statement, the State of Qatar stated that the mutual influence between peace, security, development and human rights is not a new concept, and it needs to be taken into consideration in the context of the efforts made by the United Nations to address current and emerging challenges, especially threats to peace and security. The statement added that dealing early with the root causes of conflicts not only spares the world many human tragedies, but also provides a huge amount of resources devoted to addressing the deteriorating humanitarian and economic conditions as a result of conflicts. The statement pointed out that the State of Qatar has made in the priority of its foreign policy to contribute to peace-making through the peaceful settlement of disputes, and is working in parallel to contribute to the advancement of economic and social development, human rights, women's empowerment and the rule of law at the local and international levels.


HH The Amir Receives Members of US Congress

His Highness The Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani received in his office at the Amiri Diwan this morning a number of Their Excellencies members of Congress from the friendly United States of America, on the occasion of their visit to the country. HH The Amir received Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Senator Jacky Rosen of Nevada, Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, and California Representative Scott Peters, Arkansas Representative Bruce Westerman, and New Jersey Representative Tom Malinowski. During the meeting, they reviewed the friendship and strategic cooperation relations between the two countries in various fields, in addition to exchanging opinions and views on the most prominent regional and international developments.


Qatar, WFP Sign Agreement to Support Food Security in Yemen

The State of Qatar signed an agreement with the World Food Program (WFP) to support food security and nutrition for the World Food Program response plan in Yemen at a value of $90 million. The signing of the agreement was witnessed by HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani who is also Chairman of the Qatar Fund for Development. The agreement was signed for Qatar by HE Director General of Qatar Fund for Development Khalifa bin Jassim Al Kuwari and for the World Food Program by the WFP Executive Director David Beasley. The 12-month agreement, which will benefit 7,621,932 people, includes general food assistance, provision of food for children, pregnant and lactating women, provision of health and nutrition counseling with the aim of educating the community on positive food behaviors, and the provision of "humanitarian air service" to transport volunteers and staff internationally and within Yemen.


Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs witnesses the signing of two agreements between the Qatar Fund for Development and UNRWA

HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani met today with HE the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini, who is currently visiting the country. During the meeting, they reviewed the cooperation relations between the State of Qatar and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Today, His Excellency the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and President of the Qatar Fund for Development witnessed the signing of two agreements between the Fund and UNRWA to provide financial support with a total value of $25 million, including support for the activities of the United Nations over two years, in addition to support for Palestinian refugees in Syria in several sectors, within the framework of the / UNRWA / emergency appeal for the Syrian regional crisis for the year 2021. The two agreements were signed on the Qatari side by HE Mr. Khalifa bin Jassim Al-Kuwari, Director-General of the Qatar Fund for Development, while they were signed by HE Mr. Philip Lazzarini, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Labor Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, on behalf of UNRWA. The first agreement provided for supporting UNRWA's core resources with an amount of US$ 18 million, with the aim of strengthening the agency's role in protecting the rights of Palestinian refugees. This agreement contributes to ensuring the agency's continuity.


Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Meets US Congress Delegation

HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani met Monday with a delegation of the United States Congress, led by HE Senator Chris Coons. The meeting reviewed the relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries and ways of enhancing them in light of the regional and international developments and challenges. The two sides also exchanged views on the importance of developing the strategic relationship between the two friendly countries, and the common determination to strengthen it in all sectors and vital areas of cooperation.


HH The Amir Receives Member of the US House of Representatives

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani received this morning at the Amiri Diwan office, HE Member of the House of Representatives of the United States of America representing Washington State Rick Larsen, and the accompanying delegation, who are currently visiting the country. During the meeting, both parties reviewed the strategic relations of friendship and cooperation between Qatar and the United States of America and aspects of their development in various fields. In this regard, HE the Member of the US House of Representatives expressed his thanks and appreciation to HH The Amir for the efforts of the State of Qatar in supporting peace in Afghanistan and facilitating civilian evacuations. Several regional and international developments were also reviewed.


Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs: Qatar Calls for International Consensus on What Needs to be Done in Afghanistan

HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani affirmed Qatar's keenness on the necessity of avoiding a collapse in Afghanistan, saying that Qatar calls for international consensus on what should be done in Afghanistan and urged the Afghan government to show its commitment to engaging all parties without discrimination and ensuring rights, especially the rights of girls and women. In a joint press conference with HE Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia Dr. Anze Logar on Thursday in Ljubljana, HE the Foreign Minister called on the countries of the world to participate in the humanitarian efforts towards Afghanistan, pointing out the need for the world to see serious steps in the field of combating terrorism from the Afghan side and dealing with the various Afghans instead of isolating them. On the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear issue, His Excellency affirmed Qatar's position calling for a resumption of dialogue between the parties at the earliest opportunity. HE stated that the State of Qatar welcomes positive steps in this regard, stressing the need for the region to be free of nuclear activities. HE the Foreign Minister pointed out that the Qatari-Slovenian talks discussed the peace process in the Middle East, underlining Qatar's clear position based on the two-state solution, ending the occupation, and establishing the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital. HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs praised the bilateral relations between Qatar and Slovenia, expressing his happiness to meet HE the President of the Republic of Slovenia, HE the Prime Minister, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Interior. He said that the discussions in Ljubljana were fruitful and dealt with the exchange of views on the most prominent regional and international issues, pointing to the important role of the Republic of Slovenia as the current president of the European Union.


Qatar Praises Efforts to Strengthening UN System

The State of Qatar praised the efforts of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization, expressing its support for all efforts to revitalize its work and support the UN reform process. It considered the adoption of the Manila Declaration by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as one of the main achievements of the Committee, noting its active role in preparing the Handbook on the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes between States. This came in the statement of the State of Qatar made by Second Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the UN Ali bin Ahmed Al Mansoori, before the 76th UNGA Sixth (Legal) Committee, on the "Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization." To access the whole article, please click on the link below: https://mofa.gov.qa/en/all-mofa-news/details/1443/03/30/qatar-praises-efforts-to-strengthening-un-system