*Qatar is addressing the siege with the power of truth, logic and transparency
*Qatar's committed to the UN charter and relevant international conventions
*Qatar continues to meet its moral, ethical and religious commitments
The unilateral illegal land, sea and air siege imposed on Qatar by the Saudi-led bloc will not deviate it from achieving sustainable development, prosperity and growth, HE the Minister of Development Planning and Statistics, Dr Saleh Mohamed Salem al-Nabit, said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a meeting of the 2017 high-level political forum on sustainable development at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the Minister said that after the contrived crisis, Qatar is addressing the siege with the power of truth, logic and transparency, along with the support of its friends in the region and the world.
Dr al-Nabit stressed Qatar's commitment to the UN charter and relevant international conventions in every step it takes, reiterating that nothing would deviate it from the path it chose and set for itself in Qatar National Vision 2030, represented in achieving sustainable development.
The Minister referred to the international indicators and comparisons that reflect Qatar's continuous and steady progress in all the different economic development indicators as well as the social, human, safety indicators and peace in the world.
Qatar continues to meet its moral, ethical and religious commitments with regard to helping people in need through spreading education and employment around the world and its response for humanitarian emergencies that people face, the Minister added.
Such effort represents an authentic component of Qatar's culture, morals and ethics that it has followed for years, and it reflects its commitment to effectively contribute to international development, Dr al-Nabit said.
Qatar will host a high-level meeting of Economical and Social (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development for 2018 in November, the Minister said, adding that it falls in line with Qatar's commitment to meet the challenges of development financing in a spirit of global partnership and solidarity.
Dr al-Nabit presented the achievements of Qatar in different fields including social security, health, education, infrastructure, energy, environmental protection, global partnership and developmental and humanitarian aids. The Minister reiterated Qatar's keenness for its development approach to be based on human rights, as it hosts residents of all nationalities who enjoy all the basic rights in accordance with the constitution, and participate in the process of development and growth of the State.
The Minister referred to the preventive approach adopted by Qatar to create conditions enhancing the concepts of coexistence and the renunciation of violence and extremism.
Dr al-Nabit reaffirmed that Qatar will continue to play an important and active role in the global partnership for development and to achieve development that balances economic, social and environmental dimensions.