Qatar yesterday welcomed proposals put forward by US Secretary of State John Kerry on a permanent settlement for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said the proposals are in line with the majority of international resolutions as well as the Arab Peace Initiative, stressing Qatar’s support for efforts aiming at reviving the peace process in the Middle East. The ministry reaffirmed the need to end the Israeli occupation and establish an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital according to the references of the Arab Peace Initiative and Security Council resolutions.