HE the Speaker of the Shura Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud has voiced Qatar's understanding of the recent steps taken by Turkey to preserve its security and stability, lauding Turkey's emphasis on the safety and stability of Syrian territory.
HE al-Mahmoud was addressing the opening session of the first meeting of the Executive Council of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) currently held in the city of Rize, Turkey.
Addressing the session, HE al-Mahmoud said: "The State of Qatar is keen to support joint action within the regional and international systems which it has joined and is committed to working towards integration among the Asian countries by expanding and strengthening co-operation among them and establishing partnerships with other regional organisations, unions and blocs to serve the interests of the countries of the region in line with the objectives of Qatar Nation Vision 2030".
HE the Speaker of the Shura Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud meeting the heads of delegations on the sidelines of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly in Rize
HE al-Mahmoud expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, appreciating in this context the role of Turkey in supporting the APA to achieve its objectives in establishing security and stability in the region and the Asian continent.
He underlined the importance of the meeting to promote co-operation among Asian countries and support development in Asia. “This parliamentary system, which is the second largest parliamentary assembly after the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), meets today to consider several proposed social, cultural, political, economic, sustainable development, political, planning and budgetary resolutions," he said explaining that these resolutions are aimed at promoting and strengthening co-operation among the countries of the region and consolidating sustainable development in Asia.
He also expressed thanks to the presidency and secretariat of APA and to all members participating in the meeting, who welcomed the granting of full membership to Qatar's Shura Council, a topic for discussion before the meeting. "We have received many assurances, welcoming Qatar's membership in this assembly," he said.
He also expressed pride in joining this parliamentary organisation because of its importance in reflecting the voice of the people in the region and because of the ambitious goals that the organisation is working to achieve.
"Joining the APA, we hope to push forward joint action towards the Assembly's goals, and that our efforts would be crowned with success in supporting just causes in the region, especially the fundamental issue that has been unresolved for many decades, namely the Palestinian Cause." he said.
In this regard HE al-Mahmoud added: "For more than 70 years, we have suffered from the effects of the occupation and aggression carried out by the Israeli entity since its establishment, its failure to comply with international resolutions and its rejection of the two-state solution and the establishment of a Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, which led to instability in the region, continued wars, destabilising the security of the neighbouring countries and occupying their territories, which constitutes a threat to international peace and security."
Meanwhile, HE al-Mahmoud met several dignitaries on the sidelines of the meeting on Saturday.
He met the head of the Turkish delegation to the APA Asuman Erdogan, the Speaker of National Assembly in Bhutan Wangchuk Namgyel, and the heads of delegations of Kuwait; Jordan; Iran, Pakistan; Afghanistan; Palestine and Cambodia.