Qatar contributes to international efforts to address Covid-19 pandemic: AlKhater
February 22 2021 11:56 PM
HE Lolwah bint Rashid AlKhater
HE Lolwah bint Rashid AlKhater


Qatar has reminded the international community that providing the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine to the Palestinians in the occupied territories is one of the responsibilities of the occupation authorities before international and humanitarian law and that their disavowal of this responsibility can only be understood as an apartheid regime that must be condemned and denounced.
This came in a speech of HE Assistant Foreign Minister and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lolwah bint Rashid AlKhater before the high-level segment of the 46th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday. HE AlKhater expressed happiness at addressing the esteemed council at this session, which is held under exceptional circumstances due to the continuing spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, expressing hope that the pandemic will quickly pass, humanity will avoid further loss of life and the various negative consequences.
She emphasised that Qatar continues its efforts to improve human rights conditions, and has made great strides in this regard through the steady implementation of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the strategies related to it. She added that Qatar has achieved many sustainable development goals, and has assumed advanced positions at the level of the countries of the region in human development reports in recent years, as it topped the list of countries in the Middle East and North Africa in the ranking of the 2020 Global Peace Index, ranked first in the Arab world in the index of the most secure and peaceful societies, and achieved the highest level of women's participation in the workforce in the region with 58.3 %.
Concerning confronting the Covid-19 pandemic, Qatar continued its efforts by adopting a strategy based on three basic axes: protecting citizens and residents by strengthening the health sector, providing the necessary support to the economic sector to reduce the pandemic negative effects, and contributing to international efforts to address the pandemic by providing support to needy countries and concerned international organisations, HE AlKhater explained.
The Assistant Foreign Minister indicated that within the framework of enhancing public participation to allow wider participation for citizens, Qatar decided to hold the first elections for the Shura Council in October according to the provisions of the permanent constitution of Qatar. About modernising the legislative system in the field of promoting and protecting workers' rights, Qatar has adopted a series of pioneering legislative and institutional reforms in the region that have led to the abolition of the sponsorship system, improvement of working conditions, and providing a decent living for all workers, including the enactment of minimum wages and the creation of a safe and balanced work environment in line with the standards of the International Labour Organisation, which said that Qatar will become a regional model for the rights of migrant workers when legislation comes into force, HE AlKhater said.
There is no doubt that everyone has followed the conclusions of the 41st GCC summit in Al Ula, in Saudi Arabia, and the issuance of the Al Ula statement announcing the end of the Gulf crisis that lasted for more than three years, after the spirit of wisdom and responsibility prevailed among all and overcoming difficulties in achieving reconciliation and establishing the principles of brotherhood and reunification, HE Al Khater added.
She explained that Qatar has welcomed this agreement out of its firm conviction that constructive dialogue is the way to resolve differences by peaceful means based on the rules of international law, the principles of good neighborliness, and respect for sovereignty and independence of states. She added no doubt ending this crisis and implementing the Al Ula agreement will positively reflect on enhancing the GCC desired role in consolidating regional stability and the bonds of the Gulf societal fabric and promoting and protecting human rights, expressing hope that this crisis will be a lesson to learn from it and a catalyst for more co-operation and solidarity to achieve a better future for relations between our countries.
HE AlKhater said that Qatar renews its appreciation for the Kuwaiti mediation efforts made by Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, the late Amir of Kuwait, which was completed by the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, adding Qatar also appreciates all brotherly and friendly countries that contributed to ending this crisis. She indicated that the world, the Arab region in particular, is still facing many dangerous challenges that threaten the international peace and security as a result of the continued occupation and armed conflicts.
With regard to the occupied Palestinian territories, Qatar renews its condemnation and rejection of the continued violations and racist practices committed by the occupation authorities against the brotherly Palestinian people, especially the determination on implementing plans to build illegal settlements, in flagrant violation of the provisions of international law and resolutions of international legitimacy.
Qatar also renews its condemnation of the continued unjust siege imposed by Israel on 2mn Palestinians in Gaza Strip, calling on the international community to take all necessary measures to end this illegal siege and protect the brotherly Palestinian people.
The Assistant Foreign Minister added that the occupation authorities must realise that a just, comprehensive and lasting peace can only be achieved by ending the occupation and establishing the State of Palestine on the basis of pre-1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital.
She said that Qatar reminds the international community that providing vaccines to the Palestinians in the occupied territories is one of the responsibilities of the occupation authorities before international and humanitarian law, and their disavowal of this responsibility can only be understood as an apartheid system that must be condemned and denounced.
On Syria, HE AlKhater said that after 10 years of the ongoing conflict, the brotherly Syrian people are still paying a heavy price from their lives, security and future as a result of their demands for freedom, dignity and justice. The Syrian regime continues to face these legitimate demands by committing gross violations of human rights, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Warning about the fragility of the situation in Syria and the impact of its deterioration on the region, Qatar calls on all Syrian parties and the international community to work hard to make a real progress in reaching a peaceful solution to the conflict on the basis of the Geneva Declaration 1 and Security Council Resolution 2254, and to ensure accountability the perpetrators of all violations and crimes in Syria.
Referring to Libya, Qatar calls on all parties to adhere to their national responsibilities, overcome their differences, and move forward in the Libyan political dialogue in order to consolidate the principles of the rule of law and institutions through democratic national elections that meet the demands of the Libyan people and contribute to the protection and promotion of human rights, and the achievement of welfare and sustainable development.
Meanwhile, the Assistant Foreign Minister expressed the hope that all parties to the war in Yemen would realise the magnitude of the human tragedy that afflicted the country and the brotherly Yemeni people, and called for implementing the agreements that have been concluded, especially the Riyadh Agreement, to stop the fighting and move forward towards peace with a real will that leads to an end to the war and the achievement of the national reconciliation and the aspirations of the Yemeni people for security, stability and development.
HE AlKhater underlined Qatar's firm commitment to co-operation with the Council and with all other United Nations mechanisms working in the field of human rights, and to support them to carry out their tasks and enable them to achieve the noble goals for which they were established.

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