HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs Dr Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah underscored that Dec 18 represents an important turning point in the country's history, as Sheikh Jassim bin Mohamed bin Thani announced the founding of the State of Qatar on Dec 18, 1878, and since that date, the Qatari people have proven their cohesion, unity, and solidarity despite all the circumstances and difficulties.
In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) on the occasion of the National Day, HE al-Attiyah pointed out that the National Day highlights the value of loyalty, based on complete trust in God, then the homeland and the Amir, as loyalty is the most important element of the progress and renaissance of societies. He added that the founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohamed bin Thani was able to build the State of Qatar with the loyalty of the Qatari people, and loyalty has become a Qatari habit, as the people trust their homeland, the Amir, and wise leadership, which takes the best decisions for the benefit of the country and the citizen. He underlined that the National Day comes to confirm our loyalty to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, and our loyalty is not limited to obtaining rights only, but also to the duties that we perform in loyalty and sincerity to preserve our national and sovereign gains.
HE the Minister explained that the slogan of the 2021 National Day is "Ancestral Meadows: A Matter of Trust," and the Ministry of Defence believes that ancestral meadows are not limited to their places and homes, but rather include their principles and morals, adding that our ancestors who contributed to the founding of the State of Qatar were distinguished with loyalty, solidarity, and unity, which are the principles of the national vision to guide us to a future full of achievements.
He explained that the principles of loyalty, solidarity, and unity teach us that the homeland is the entity that is indispensable, no matter how hard the circumstances. Thus, Qatar generously offers the best capabilities to its people, who deserve everything distinct and ideal, in return, we must not neglect our interdependence and unity, and our mission is to advance the country and defend its sovereignty, he added.
HE the Minister added that on the National Day, we celebrate the stages of development of Qatar throughout history from the era of the founder to the present day, where Qatar has become a model for a successful country that competes in global indicators for the first and advanced positions in health, education and safe life.
He extended the highest congratulations on the occasion of the National Day to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and all members of the Qatari people and residents, reiterating the pledge to adhere to the principles of our forefathers and ancestors, and to preserve, protect and defend their land and enhance the values of loyalty and solidarity for our children.