Qatar reaffirms support for Palestinians at OIC meeting
May 05 2018 09:52 PM
Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Ahmed bin Hassan al-Hammadi attending the 45
Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Ahmed bin Hassan al-Hammadi attending the 45th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of the Islamic Co-operation (OIC) member-states, in Dhaka

QNA Dhaka

Qatar is taking part in the 45th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of the Islamic Co-operation (OIC) member-states, which began on Saturday in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka under the theme "Islamic Values for Sustainable Peace, Solidarity and Development".

Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Ahmed bin Hassan al-Hammadi heads Qatar's delegation to the meeting.

Addressing the opening session of the conference, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina highlighted the plight of the Rohingya minority. She called on the OIC to take a united position on the issue of Rohingyas.

The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed Qatar's keenness on being an active and constructive member of the OIC.

He said: "Qatar will continue to promote this approach and make every effort to fulfill its common responsibilities and commitments at the national, regional and international levels on the issues of the Organisation. This keenness stems from my country's interest in being an active and positive actor in the implementation of international commitments in all fields, and its emphasis on international co-operation and co-ordination to address common challenges.

"It also stems from its firm belief in the principles of international law and the Charter of the Organisation, which underscores solidarity and supporting brotherly ties among member-states, especially in light of the rapid changes in our contemporary world.

We believe that the importance of international principles is growing at a time when respect for the principles of international law, international humanitarian law and human rights is diminishing, and the will of people and the importance of safeguarding the dignity and freedoms of peoples and individuals are disregarded."

Dr al-Hammadi added that the foundation of the Organisation is the independence of Palestine, the establishment of its national state and the unity of the Palestinian territories. Today, it remains our central cause, he said, adding that the need is now more crucial than ever to resume the peace process negotiations with a view to reaching a just solution to this issue on the basis of the two-state solution agreed by the international community and in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy.

He further stressed that Qatar will continue to support the Palestinian people to realise their just aspirations and gain their legitimate rights.

He pointed out that Qatar, in co-operation with various stakeholders from the United Nations, Member States and civil society organisations, plays an active role at the national, regional and international levels in the fight against terrorism and its financing and in addressing violent extremism.

He added that these common challenges require everyone's contribution and co-operation in a positive spirit and comprehensive view in order to achieve international peace and security, prevent conflict and peacefully settle them, the adopt dialogue rather than confrontation, avoid fabricating crises and adhere to international law.



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