The Advisory Council has reiterated its deep appreciation to the European Parliament for its rejection of the unjust blockade imposed on Qatar and the flagrant violation of international laws and humanitarian norms by the siege countries.
This came during a meeting yesterday between HE the Speaker of the Advisory Council, Ahmed bin Abdulla bin Zaid al-Mahmoud, and a delegation of the European Parliament for Relations with the Arabian Peninsula headed by Michele Alliot-Marie.
HE al-Mahmoud appreciated the European Parliament’s denunciation of the abuses and discriminatory actions of blockading countries against Qatari citizens and expressed his deep gratitude to the European Parliament for its stance.
The Speaker pointed out His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani’s statement during his speech while opening the Doha Forum 2018, wherein the Amir stressed that solution of the Gulf crisis can be attained only by lifting the blockade and resolving the differences through dialogue based on mutual respect.
HE al-Mahmoud explained to the delegation the economic, political, legislative cultural developments that Qatar is witnessing, as well as the parameters of Qatar’s foreign policy which is governed by the principles of mutual respect, common interests, non-interference in internal affairs of other countries, abiding by international law, covenants and instruments and observance of the rights and supporting of causes of oppressed peoples, combating violence and terrorism and resolving differences through dialogue and diplomatic means.
The Speaker stated that the coming period will see more co-operation and closer relationship between the Advisory Council and the European Parliament.
Meanwhile, Michelle Alliot-Marie expressed her pleasure at closely seeing the comprehensive and rapid developments Qatar is witnessing in various fields, and the active and influential role Qatar plays regionally and internationally in the interest of peace and stability.
Michelle Alliot-Marie expressed her satisfaction with Qatar holding the next session of the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, wherein the European Parliament enjoys the status of associate membership. It will be an important session as it will be held amidst critical regional and international situations.
Yesterday’s meeting discussed the strategic relations between Qatar and the European Union and the role of the Advisory Council and the European Parliament in supporting and promoting these relations. Similarly, a number of regional and international issues of common concern were also reviewed.
The meeting, was attended by members of the Advisory Council and the head of the European Union Delegation to the Arab Gulf Countries.
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