The regular Cabinet meeting, presided over by HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, expressed concern over the US administration's plan to recognise Al Quds (Jerusalem) as a capital of Israel and moving the country's embassy there, warning of the dangerous repercussions this would have on security and stability in the Middle-East.

They said that such a move would contradict completely with international law and legitimacy, as well as of all peace efforts based on a two-state solution.

Giving details of meeting, HE the Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr Hassan Lahdan Saqr al-Mohannadi said the cabinet called on the US to carry out its role as an impartial role in the peace process, and to support what it is right and put pressure on the Israeli government to end its constant acts of aggression against the Palestinian people and withdraw from occupied land.

The cabinet also reaffirmed Qatar's support for the national and legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, and their right of establishing an independent state with Al Quds as its capital.

The Cabinet meeting praised the commitment of the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah to the unity of the GCC and to holding the 38th summit of the GCC at its scheduled time despite the critical developments.

The cabinet stressed that the efforts made by the emir of Kuwait to enhance GCC's work will always be appreciated. It supported the proposition made by him to establish a mechanism to settle disputes within the GCC that boosts co-operation to help in facing the recent regional and international challenges.

The council also stressed the support of Qatar to the efforts of Kuwait led by the emir in resolving the current GCC crisis through dialogue to end any differences between members of the GCC.

The cabinet then reviewed topics on the agenda.

The cabinet took the necessary measures to issue a draft law endorsing the state budget for the fiscal year 2018, after reviewing recommendations of the Advisory Council on the draft law.

The cabinet approved draft decision of the Minister of Economy and Trade amending certain provisions of Decision No

242 of 2017 "regarding the terms, controls and procedures of granting temporary licenses for some place and parts of places where they engage in similar commercial, industrial or public works or to engage in domestic business".

The cabinet approved the validity of the provisions of Law No 24 of 2002 regarding retirement and pensions on Qatari employees in some entities.

The cabinet reviewed and took the required measures regarding the Ministry of Economy and Trade's report on the cabinet's draft decision to amend the specialisation of some administrative units comprising the ministry.

The cabinet reviewed and took the necessary measures regarding the Ministry of Economy and Trade's report on amending some provisions of Decision No 134 of 2017 concerning the establishment of sections in the administrative units which comprise the ministry.

The cabinet reviewed and took the necessary measures regarding the report of the Minister of Economy and Trade on Qatar's participation in EXPO 2017 Astana which was held in Kazakhstan.

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