18 Sep 2017 - 9:27
Defying the ongoing siege imposed on Qatar, foreign investors and companies are showing increasing interest in the country to tap the thriving business opportunities in the booming Qatari economy.
18 Sep 2017 - 9:39
New York: Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has underlined that the holding of the US-Islamic World Forum at this time is particularly important because of the intensification of conflicts and political and ideological divisions that have led to instability in many regions of the world.
In a speech at the opening of the 13th Session of the Forum entitled “Crisis and Cooperation” in New York, the Foreign Minister said that some just causes of peoples are still unresolved despite the issuance of several UN resolutions on them, a matter which requires directing international efforts towards implementing resolutions, enforcing international legitimacy, stopping double standards, as well as spreading a culture of understanding and coexistence despite the difference after achieving justice, even relatively, since we cannot call the reality of occupation or tyranny coexistence with the other.
The Foreign Minister called upon the countries of the Islamic world and the United States of America to work to deepen relations based on permanent and open dialogue and on the bais of respect and mutual understanding which must be established as principles for dealing among the States.
The Minister stressed that the State of Qatar is making continuous efforts to consolidate dialogue among civilizations and coexistence between different religions and cultures, where national institutions such as the Doha Center for Interfaith Dialogue, as well as the annual Doha Forum, have been established and many conferences and meetings have been held to strengthen this trend.
H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani added that this Forum was established in 2002 under the name of the Doha Conference on American Relations with the Arab and Islamic World, as part of the global efforts to address the consequences of the events of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
The Minister, in his speech at the Forum which witnessed the participation of a number of ministers and senior officials in the State, said that the previous period witnessed an increased manifestations of intolerance and misunderstanding of religion and linking it to terrorism, stressing that religions are innocent of terrorism and that extremists exist in all societies and countries and belong to different religions.
He added that there are social and economic reasons and ideological factors for the emergence of terrorism, noting that relations between the US and the countries of the Islamic world can affect and be affected by them.
The Minister said that the international community needs many channels of communication and dialogue platforms such as this Forum to build bridges and strengthen cooperation between peoples and countries as well as tolerance between the followers of different religions and sects and work to address the distortion caused by the hypocrites and ignorance and extremists.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani added that the distinguished relationship between the Islamic world and the US faces a major challenge of settling the Palestinian issue and ending the conflict in the Middle East, referring in this regard to the continued failure to achieve peace because of selective policies in the implementation of international legitimacy resolutions and double standards, preferring to impose a policy of fait accompli on the principles of justice and equity to achieve short-term narrow interests.