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Minister to attend Hopefor conference

An international conference by 'Hopefor' initiative will begin today to improve the effectiveness and coordination of military and civil defence to response at natural disasters. HE Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Mutib Al Rumaihi, Assistant Foreign Minister for Follow Up Affairs, Edwin Olivares, Operative Director of the Center of Emergency Response of the Dominican Republic Dominican Republic and Emre Yunt, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the state of Qatar will deliver plenary keynote addresses. While the third and final day of the conference dedicated for meetings and debates among ministers and head of delegations, including a keynote address by H E Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al Thani, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister and a closing speech by H E Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. Supported by Turkey and the Dominican Republic, Qatar will host high profile leaders and experts with an aim to asses the current situation and discuss ways to provide better response to increased needs for relief operations by civil defence and the military. The conference will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Doha, and will host more than 130 participants from over 60 countries and organisations.

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