US-Islamic World Forum to focus on issues of concern
16 Sep 2017 - 15:33
New York will host tomorrow the US-Islamic World Forum, which is organised by the Permanent Committee for Organising Conferences and attended by a distinguished and great minds of the political, decision-making, academic, opinion leading, religious, business and media domains, coming together from the United States and four corners of the Islamic world from Senegal to Indonesia.
The two-day forum will touch on several issues related to the US and the Islamic world, the Middle East peace process, economy, security, human development, science and technology, and the role of the press and media. The forum is an opportunity to exchange views between the two sides on political, economic and scientific topics of common interest to reach scientific and practical results and solutions that serve the Islamic world.
The importance of the US-Islamic World Forum is reflected in the kind of the topics it discusses, which include current crises, Arab opinion and identity, and how democracy and development are compatible as well as issues of religious freedom, social change and economic growth and issues related to culture, arts and women’s rights. These important issues will be the topics of discussions designed to crystallize common ideas in order to achieve permanent convergence between the parties.
The forum will serve as an opportunity to strengthen the relations of cooperation between the Islamic world and the United States by correcting misconceptions about the Islamic world and discussing its current issues, especially that the vision of the State of Qatar, inspired by the directives of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, aims at highlighting the bright face of Islam and Muslims and redress the stereotypical or false concepts that have spread in recent years.
The forum is of great importance at the present time in light of international conditions and changes. The common interests of the Islamic world and the United States have resulted in the establishment of a common understanding and distinguished relations that built these ties on the basis of dialogue and understanding, specifically on issues in which the US role is of particular importance, particularly in the achievement of international peace and security.
One of the important points that can contribute to correcting the course of relations between the two parties is the issue of Palestine as a matter of concern to all the Arab and Islamic peoples who aspire to see a fairer attitude by US towards it. The continued Israeli occupation of the Arab territories remains the heart of the problem and the United States can contribute to achieving a just and lasting peace in the Middle East.
The US-Islamic World Forum has become one of the important annual events that the observers follow, especially as it aims to chart the way in which the relationship between the two sides should be in light of the developments in the Middle East. Although there are differences in these relations, there are also many meeting points to build on.
The 12 editions of the US-Islamic World Forum were all in Doha, with the exception of one that was held in Washington in April 2011. The Forum has been working to build bridges of understanding between US and Islamic world and create a strong network of relations between US and Islamic leaders at all levels of government and civil society, including the fields of art, business, science and technology, and education in order to promote the building of positive relations and opportunities for dialogue and exchange of ideas and views on common issues and their solutions.
The State of Qatar’s interest in and organization of this forum are based on the principles of its foreign policy and the principles of preserving sovereignty and independence, defending the Arab and Islamic identity, respecting international covenants and conventions, consolidating international peace and security, defending public and private freedoms and human rights. Qatar’s foreign policy is built on the principle of the consolidation of international peace and security by promoting the peaceful resolution of international disputes, supporting the right of peoples to self-determination and non-interference in the internal affairs of States and cooperation with peace-loving nations.
The State of Qatar has mediated in a number of regional and international issues and has made and continues to exert strong diplomatic and political efforts at the regional and international levels in mediating between factions, entities and States at the request of the concerned parties without interfering in the internal affairs of States to bring together views and find sustainable solutions to disputes and conflicts. The State of Qatar also hosts negotiations between conflicting parties or plays a role in order to pave the way for dialogue between them. These efforts have achieved many successes and contributed to the promotion and maintenance of international peace and security.
The State of Qatar views peace in a comprehensive manner. Permanent peace in the eyes of Qatari diplomacy is not merely the absence of violence, it is based on compromise and justice. It requires the promotion of human development, particularly in the areas of education and public health, creating jobs for economic recovery, enhancing political and economic integration of youth, and strengthening social cohesion by rejecting injustice and exclusion. The State of Qatar has always stressed the importance that the Security Council and its role through initiatives, mediation and preventive diplomacy, which the international community should consolidate as there are many conflicts and disputes that can only be resolved through multilateral efforts.
The Qatar National Vision 2030 states that Qatar is an active and responsible member of the international community contributing to international peace and security through political and economic initiatives and development and humanitarian assistance. In the past few years, many countries benefited from Qatari assistance that covered more than 100 countries across the world. Qatar’s humanitarian and development assistance included many remote geographic regions around the world, not only Arab and Islamic regions.
The State of Qatar is proud of its Gulf and Arab membership. It is an active member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Arab League and regional and subregional arrangements. It is as well an active member of organizations working to protect human rights, fundamental freedoms and ensure development for all as well as establish economic, political or cultural relations. It serves as a bridge for north-south understanding through its cooperative partnership with the organization for economic co-operation and development and through its diverse representation in the global entities.
Qatar contributes to the crystallisation of strategic visions of international issues, including the Middle East conflict. It believes peace is an inevitable choice to settle the Arab-Israeli conflict based on the two-state solution, in order to achieve security, peace and development for the peoples of the region. It pursues the policy of moderation as well as cultural and religious tolerance with all, and spares no effort to spread the culture of peace, coexistence and acceptance of the other among all peoples, and it condemns all forms and types of extremism, violence and terrorism, which their roots should be addressed.