Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) Secretary-General Hassan al-Thawadi has said that Qatar is “at the forefront of the fight against terrorism” and that the country is determined to stop terror through “education and empowerment.”
“Qatar does not support terrorism,” al-Thawadi told The Associated Press on Thursday in Sheffield, United Kingdom. “Qatar is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism on the ground. It’s one of the main partners in the coalition fighting ISIS (the Islamic State group),” he added.
Al-Thawadi added that Qatar is committed to create opportunities for people so that they stay away from terrorism.
“The state of Qatar has committed to stop the supply of terror at the roots through initiatives such as education, empowerment, creating economic opportunities for people to ensure that they don’t follow down the path on the way to terrorism,” he said.
The UN's labour agency on Wednesday closed a probe into the alleged mistreatment of foreign workers in Qatar, praising a reform plan implemented by authorities in the country.
"The transformation of this complaint into a real commitment by the government of Qatar to make positive change on the ground for all workers is a very encouraging development," ILO governing body chair Luc Cortebeeck said in a statement.
"We celebrate this moment for Qatar and its two million migrant workers," he added.
The International Trade Union Confederation, one of Qatar's fiercest critics which co-authored the 2014 complaint, backed the ILO decision.
"Qatar has set a new standard for the Gulf States, and this must be followed by Saudi Arabia and the (United Arab Emirates) where millions of migrant workers are trapped in modern slavery," IUTC general secretary Sharan Burrow said in a statement.
Al-Thawadi hinted that more reforms would come in due course.
“Progress is being made,” al-Thawadi said in. “The journey has not ended, there is still more to be done and we are committed towards that. We are welcoming anybody that has any constructive criticism and will assist us in that journey.”
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