Cabinet praises $480mn Qatar aid to Palestinians
May 09 2019 01:39 AM
Emiri Diwan

The Cabinet’s regular meeting, presided over by HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, yesterday praised the directives of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani allocating $480mn to the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, to assist them in meeting their daily needs amidst the difficult circumstances imposed on them by the Israeli occupation forces.
After the meeting, which was held at the Amiri Diwan, HE the Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr Issa Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi stated the following:
The Cabinet underlined that Qatar’s support to the Palestinians embodies the bonds of brotherhood between the Qatari and Palestinian people, and is an extension of Qatar’s firm positions towards the brotherly Palestinian people.
The Cabinet reiterated Qatar’s condemnation of the brutal Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip, which left dozens of people dead and injured, saying it is in a flagrant violation of the international law, the Charter of the United Nations and the international legitimacy resolutions on the Palestinian cause.
The Cabinet demanded an urgent and resolute international action to stop Israel’s aggressive practices against the Palestinian people and to provide them with protection and enable them to obtain all their legitimate rights, foremost of which is the right to establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.
The Cabinet then considered the topics listed on its agenda as follows:
The Cabinet approved a draft law amending some provisions of laws related to energy affairs, and to refer it to the Advisory Council.
The draft law includes the amendment of some provisions of the following laws:
— Law No 8 of 2004 on the protection of marine oil and gas facilities.
— Decree Law No 15 of 2007 on regulating the marketing and sale of government regulated products outside Qatar.
— Decree Law No 11 of 2012 on the governmental regulation for the sale and purchase of chemical and petrochemical products produced in Qatar.
— Law No 4 of 2018 regulating the supply of electricity and water.
The above mentioned laws will be amended by replacing the phrase “Minister of State for Energy Affairs” with the phrase “Minister of Energy and Industry”, wherever mentioned in Law No 8 of 2004, Decree Law No 11 of 2012 and Law No 4 of 2018; and by replacing the phrase “Minister of State for Energy Affairs” with the phrase “Minister of Energy and Industry” mentioned in the Articles 11, 18, 19 and 21 of Decree Law No 15 of 2007 referred to herein.
The Cabinet later approved a draft law amending some provisions of Law No 21 of 2015 regulating the entry, exit and residence of expatriates.
The Cabinet also approved a draft decree inviting the Municipal Council to convene.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet approved the following:
1- Draft Amiri Decision amending some provisions of Decision No 19 of 2011 regarding the establishment of the Standing Committee for Water Resources.
2- Draft Amiri Decision amending some provisions of Decision No 1 of 2018 establishing the Financial Sustainability Steering Committee for Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation.
3- Draft Cabinet Decision amending some provisions of Decision No 73 of 2014 establishing the Standing Committee for Monitoring Fuel Filling and Storage Stations.
The Cabinet then reviewed the following topics and took the appropriate decisions thereon:
1- The annual report of the National Traffic Safety Committee and its recommendations.
The committee, which is established in the Ministry of Interior, is responsible for developing policies and plans in the field of traffic, studying traffic problems and proposing methods of treatment, co-ordination and co-operation with different bodies whose work affects the proper regularity of traffic, and proposing the development of legislation related to traffic and road and transport engineering, in accordance with international standards and the requirements of the continued developments of roads and transportation.
2- The recommendation of the Advisory Council regarding the general debate request submitted by a number of members on traffic accidents in Qatar.
3- The letter of HE the Minister of Finance on a proposal to amend some provisions of the Customs Law promulgated by Law No 40 of 2002.

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