12:16 AM - 29 January 2015
HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani yesterday patronized the opening of the second annual general meeting of the heads of diplomatic, consular and representative missions in Qatar.
The meeting held at the Sheraton Doha Hotel was also attended by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani and HE the Foreign Minister Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah.
The Emir spoke about Qatar’s foreign policy and its future ambitions.
He stressed on Qatar’s policies and beliefs on regional and international issues.
The Emir reiterated the country’s keenness on having good relations with all countries as long as there was no deviation from the pillars of the Qatari policy, most notably of which is truth, mutual respect and common interests.
The Emir hailed the role of the diplomats in boosting relations and co-operation between Qatar and countries of the world on all fronts.
Foreign Minister Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah thanked the Emir for gracing the meeting.
Dr. al-Attiyah said the meeting was a great opportunity for conducting a thorough review of work strategies and for co-ordination and co-operation between the ministry and government agencies to promote the successes of the state’s foreign policy.
He spoke of the challenges which the Qatari foreign policy has tackled in the past three years. He regretted the international community’s failure to solve major issues like the Syrian crisis and the Palestinian problem besides racial and sectarian tensions, which led to violent incidents in many countries.
The Foreign Minister explained that the principles of the Qatari foreign policy were based on the core values of non-interference in the internal affairs of states, the consolidation of Qatar’s bilateral and multilateral relations by strengthening traditional friendly relations and the establishment of new relationships in all parts of the world, mutual respect and common interests with all countries, the best interest of the Qatari citizens, and good neighborliness.
He said the most important form of Qatari foreign policy is preventive diplomacy that aims to contain crises and alleviate disputes and conflicts in the region and the world.
“Moderation and realism are two inherent features of Qatar’s foreign policy”, he added.
He said the human dimension was an important and essential aspect of Qatar’s foreign policy. This was clear in the important and effective humanitarian roles that Doha played many regions of the world, including mediation for the release of hostages.
Qatar’s policy is also based on the diversification of income sources through engaging in building strong partnerships with major economic blocs and countries, he added.
Dr. al-Attiyah touched on Qatar’s stances towards some major events in 2014, stressing Doha’s firm keenness on fraternal relations with all GCC states.