Cabinet condemns Israel decision to build new settlements in West Bank
October 21 2020 04:06 PM
Qatar Cabinet


HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani chaired Wednesday the Cabinet's regular meeting held at its seat at the Amiri Diwan.

Following the meeting, HE Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr. Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi said the following statement:

At the outset of the meeting, the cabinet condemned the Israeli government's decision to build thousands of new settlement units in the occupied West Bank, challenging international law, particularly UN Security Council Resolution no. 2334 issued on December 23 of 2016. The cabinet called on the international community to move swiftly and decisively to stop Israeli settlement activity in occupied Palestinian land, given it is the greatest challenge facing peace, and a great undermining of the two-state solution. The cabinet reiterated the State of Qatar's firm position of supporting the rights of the Palestinian people, led by their right to establish an independent state on the borders of 1967 with East Al Quds as its capital.

Afterwards, the cabinet was briefed by HE Minister of Public Health on the latest developments in the efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19). The cabinet stressed on the importance of precautionary measures in combatting the epidemic.

The cabinet then was briefed on the strategy to combat money laundering, financing terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction for 2020 to 2025, which reflects the intensive efforts of national authorities in recent years to protect the financial system of Qatar and the world. The strategy will serve as a roadmap to achieve the state's ambition of becoming a leader in combatting these crimes. The national strategy is focused on limiting threats related to money laundering and financing of terrorism, in addition to enhancing the capabilities in dealing with the challenges discovered during the national risk assessment process.

The strategy's goals are:

- Continue investigating local and international financial flow at a strategic level in order to limit related risks.

- Combating illegal financing through investigation, prosecutions, and confiscating the crime's proceeds.

- Combating illegal financing through effective regulation.

- Enhancing transparency.

- Enhancing the collection and analysis of statistics at a national level.

- Enhancing the capabilities of national authorities in combating illegal financing.

The cabinet directed the authorities designated with combating money laundering, terrorism financing, and financing of weapons of mass destruction, to implement the strategy in order to protect the integrity and safety of the national financial system, which would in turn enhance economic growth by implementing the best international practices in the field.

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