* HE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs takes part in Central Asia conference in Uzbekistan
Qatar has reiterated its commitment to continue supporting the peace process led and controlled by the Afghans, in order to consolidate the gains made in the course of the Doha negotiations in co-operation with international partners aimed at ending violence and achieving stability, comprehensive peace and development in Afghanistan.
This came in a speech delivered by HE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi at the "Central and South Asia Regional Connectivity, Challenges and Opportunities" conference that is currently taking place in the Uzbek capital Tashkent.
Al-Muraikhi stressed that Qatar will continue its effort in bringing the point of view of the Afghan government and Taliban.
He said that promoting peace, security, and development in Afghanistan will benefit the region and the world.
Al-Muraikhi expressed Qatar's appreciation to the important role Uzbekistan plays in development in Afghanistan, which includes bolstering strategic roads.
He said that these efforts will help enhance peace and security in Afghanistan in particular, and Central Asia in general.
He said that this conference is taking place at a time when the world continues to face common economic and health challenges, which further demonstrates that regional and international co-operation is a must.
In this regard, al-Muraikhi expressed his confidence that this conference will contribute by making a positive impact in achieving the integration of Central and South Asian countries with the global economy, while at the same time increasing their competitiveness in the world market.
He said that the implementation of well-planned strategic transport corridors projects helps accelerate the development of the countries concerned and is in the interest of their people, calling for the development of transport and communication routes to be a priority of the international community because of its direct impact on global food security.
He added that Qatar appreciates Uzbekistan's ambitious plan to enhance regional trade volume.
Al-Muraikhi stressed that Qatar, based on its policy of supporting international partnerships to meet existing challenges, attaches great importance to multilateral co-operation in Asia and supports development projects in many Asian countries.
He expressed his thanks to the President of Uzbekistan and the government for hosting the conference and for their good hospitality.