Foreign Minister HE Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani has affirmed Qatar's readiness to support Iraq in order to restore the unity of its people, rebuild its damaged areas and restore its Arab, regional and international role.
Addressing a high-level event on supporting accountability and justice for post-conflict in Iraq, the Foreign Minister expressed Qatar's aspiration to work with the international community to support Iraq and to promote international peace and security.
He said that the presence IS group in Iraq and the horrific crimes it had committed posed a threat to the stability of that country and the security of the region and the world.
He said IS crimes have forced large waves of people to escape and leave their homes and areas in order to preserve their lives.
The Minister said that the unity and solidarity of the international community was the decisive factor in defeating terrorists at all levels.
He referred to "the harsh and costly experience of the spread of terrorism and its grave dangers to the unity and stability of states and the atrocities committed by terrorist organisations constitute a flagrant violation of the international law, the international humanitarian law and human rights ".
"It is important to recognise that the defeat of terrorism and the gains achieved have been extremely costly at various levels," Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman said, adding "Qatar appreciates the sacrifices made by its counter-terrorism partners and reiterates its commitment to work with them to combat terrorism in all its forms, depriving it of safe haven and drying its sources and resources.
He said "this encourages us for further co-operation and joint action."
"We are meeting today to discuss what needs to be done after the elimination of the ISIS in Iraq and soon in Syria and wherever terrorists are."
The Minister considered that the transition to peace, justice to victims and holding terrorists accountable "will be a message of hope for the family of the state that we are on the right track to eradicate terrorism and punish terrorists for their crimes and to deal with the roots of terrorism based on the international law."
He stressed that adherence to the rule of law, respect for human rights and protection of the people is crucial to root out terrorism and consolidate the gains made.
The minister said that the barbaric destruction and looting of archaeological sites and cultural property constituted a war crime and a crime against humanity as a whole, "as these sites and monuments are part of the human heritage", and called for the prosecution of perpetrators.
The Foreign Minister congratulated Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, and the Iraqi people on "the decisive achievements made in defeating terrorism and liberating Iraqi lands from the forces of evil and darkness."
He expressed his deep condolences to the families of the victims and expressed his deep appreciation to the International Coalition Against the IS for its great role in supporting Iraq and confronting terrorism in the region and the world.
HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman thanked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for the UN efforts in Iraq.
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