January 29, 2015 - 2:06:11 am
DOHA: Qatar has affirmed its fraternal relations with neighboring GCC states and said yesterday that one of the major challenges its foreign policy has faced in the past three years has been the international community’s failure to solve major issues like the Syrian crisis.
Qatar also talked of the Palestinian imbroglio as another major challenge facing its foreign policy.
Racial and sectarian tensions that have led to violent incidents in many parts of the world have posed additional challenges to the country’s foreign policy, the foreign minister told Qatari diplomats here yesterday.
The Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani patronized the opening of the Second Annual General Meeting of heads of diplomatic, consular and representative missions of Qatar, QNA reported.
The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani attended the meeting held at the Doha Sheraton hotel.
The Emir addressed the meeting on the state’s foreign policy and its future ambitions, stressing Qatar’s stance towards a set of regional and international issues and reiterating Doha’s keenness on ties with all countries as long as there is no deviation from pillars of the Qatari policy, which are based truth, mutual respect and common interests. In his speech, the Emir hailed the role of the participants in representing their country and boosting relations and cooperation between Qatar and other countries on all fronts, stressing the importance of efforts, enhancing their role and openness to the other even more, and protecting the interests of Qatar in a way that mutually benefits Qatar and the countries they are accredited to.
At the end of the meeting, Foreign Minister H E Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah thanked the Emir for patronizing the annual meeting of heads of diplomatic missions, stressing that his address will be the foreign ministry’s work approach.
Al Attiyah said the meeting is a great opportunity for conducting a thorough review of work strategies and for coordination and cooperation between the foreign ministry and all government agencies to promote the successes of the state’s foreign policy in various fields, in addition to achieving the interests of Qatar under the directives of the Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Al Attiyah said the principles of Qatar’s foreign policy are based on the core values of the state, 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 pointed out that 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 (Qatari Initiatives). “Moderation and realism are two inherent features of Qatar’s foreign policy”, he added.
He said the human dimension is an important and essential aspect of Qatar’s foreign policy.
He said this was clear in the important and effective humanitarian roles Doha played in many regions of the world, including mediation for the release of hostages. Qatar’s policy is also based on the diversification of income sources by building strong partnerships with major economic blocs and countries, he added.
Al Attiyah touched on Qatar’s stances on some major events in 2014, stressing Doha’s firm keenness in fraternal relations with all GCC states.