Cabinet welcomes Qatar-US dialogue

 08 Feb 2018 - 9:48

Cabinet welcomes Qatar-US dialogue
File picture of Emiri Diwan used for representation.

The Peninsula

DOHA: The Cabinet which met yesterday with Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani in the chair, approved the extension of rent contracts in some areas for purposes beside residence related to Law No. 4 of 2008 for two more years starting February 15. 

Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs H E Dr Hassan bin Lahdan Saqr Al Mohannadi said that at the outset of the meeting, the Cabinet welcomed the outcome of the first strategic dialogue between the State of Qatar and the United States of America, which was held in Washington at the end of January with a high level participation from the two sides and in a friendly, positive and constructive atmosphere reflected the depth and strength of the relationship between the two friendly countries and their common understanding, trust, mutual respect and joint keenness on developing and expanding the relations in various fields.

The Cabinet underlined that the discussions that took place during the dialogue, the agreements and the memorandums of understanding that were signed within it and the joint statement issued at the end of it, establish a new stage in the bilateral relations and open wider horizons for the interests of the people of both countries and the interest of peace and stability in the region.
The Cabinet valued what the joint statement contained about the Gulf crisis and the need to resolve it in a way that respects the sovereignty of the State of Qatar. 

The Cabinet expressed appreciation for the American side’s praise during the dialogue for the humanitarian role of the State of Qatar throughout the world and its cooperation in combating terrorism and extremism in all its forms, as well as the US assertion on its readiness to work jointly with the State of Qatar to deter and counter the external threats to the territorial integrity of Qatar that is inconsistent with the United Nations Charter.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet praised the active and distinguished participation of the delegation of the State of Qatar in the 48th session of the World Economic Forum, held in Davos, Switzerland, from January 23 to 26, where the delegation, through its sessions and bilateral meetings, presented Qatar’s vision with clarity and transparency towards various political, economic and security issues.

The Cabinet expressed satisfaction with the understanding and support of the State of Qatar in this important international forum, especially with regard to the unjust siege imposed on the country for more than eight months, without justification and without respect for the principles of good neighbourliness, in a clear violation of international laws, religion teachings and humanitarian norms.

Afterwards, the Cabinet discussed the subjects on its schedule and took the following decisions.

The first decision was to take the necessary measures to issue several draft laws proposed by the Ministry of Justice, Supreme Judiciary Council, and the public prosecution to enhance the justice system. The cabinet also examined the recommendations of the Advisory Council on a total of seven draft laws. The first draft law was amending some provisions of the law on judicial authority, no. 10 for 2003. The second draft law was amending some provisions of Law No. 13 of 1990 known as the Civil and Commercial Procedure Law. The third draft law was amending some provisions of Law No. 12 of 2005 on Non-penal Cassation Appeals. The fourth draft law was amending some provisions of Law No. 19 of 2008 on determining Diya in manslaughter. The fifth is a draft law amending some provisions of Law No. 10 of 2002 regarding the Public Prosecution. The sixth was a draft law amending some provisions of the criminal procedures. The seventh draft law was regarding conciliation in civil and commercial disputes. 

The second decision was approving the extension of rent contracts in some areas for purposes beside residence related to Law No. 4 of 2008 for two more years starting February 15. 
The third decision was approving a total of four agreements. The first was a draft agreement signed with the government of the Republic of Paraguay on encouraging and protecting investments. The second was a draft agreement for cultural cooperation signed with Hungary. 

The third draft agreement was on aerial services, signed with the Kingdom of Lesotho. The fourth approval was for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on financial investigation between Qatar Financial Information Unit and its counterpart in South Africa.

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