Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Majed bin Mohamed al-Ansari said Qatar and Japan have agreed to exchange memorandums on visa exemption for Qatari citizens through the pre-registration system for Qatari travellers to Japan.
Dr al-Ansari noted that the new system allows Qatari citizens to immediately register and obtain an entry permit, expecting the application of the system to start in the summer of 2023.
Speaking at the weekly media briefing, Dr al-Ansari said that the strategic dialogue between Qatar and Japan has attached special importance to expanding the scope of co-operation between the two countries in all issues, noting that the next round of the strategic dialogue is scheduled to be held in Doha.
He shed light on HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani’s recent tour of Istanbul, Tehran and Tokyo. Dr al-Ansari added that HE Sheikh Mohamed attended in Tokyo the second strategic dialogue between the governments of Qatar and Japan.
On allowing the burning and tearing of copies of the Holy Qur’an in some European capitals, he affirmed that Qatar swiftly condemned the event at every location it took place, noting that Qatar has issued more than one condemnation in order to emphasise its firm positions on such matters similar to the positions of other Arab and Islamic countries.
He said that any Islamic global effort in the field of combating forms of discrimination on a religious, ethnic or other basis is welcomed by Qatar and said it is working to fulfil it, and stressed that the issue of Islamophobia represents a great concern to the leadership in Qatar.
Dr al-Ansari said that HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs referred specifically to the global threat of Islamophobia at a press conference in Tehran recently, noting that Qatar strives, along with the Arab and Islamic countries, to have a decisive role in this issue.
For his part, Director of Media and Communication Department Ibrahim bin Sultan al-Hashmi reviewed Qatar’s stances on several issues recently.
He pointed out that Qatar condemned, in the strongest possible terms, the brutal Israeli aggression at the Jenin camp, which led to several deaths and injuries, and considered it an extension of the heinous and horrific crimes of the occupation against the defenceless Palestinian people, adding that the Israeli occupation has become more reassured than ever before of impunity and unaccountability.
He added that Qatar condemned and denounced, in the strongest possible terms, burning and tearing copies of the Holy Qur’an in various European countries, noting that double standards are unacceptable regarding the freedom of speech.
Spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs Qatar Japan Agree to Exchange Memos on Visa Waiver for Qatari Citizens
Ibrahim bin Sultan al-Hashmi
Dr Majed bin Mohamed al-Ansari