Qatar renewed its commitment to the culture of peace and warned against fabricating crises and spreading hatred among peoples, indicating that translating the commitment to the "Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace" entails distancing from policies that undermine the efforts of the international community to promote peace and security.
In a statement before the 75th session of the UN General Assembly to discuss the item "Culture of Peace", Her Excellency Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani underlined that fabricating crises and spreading hatred among peoples undermine the efforts of the international community to promote a culture of peace, noting that the violation of the sovereignty of States, the interference in their internal affairs, and the lack of respect for international law and human rights, contradict the international communities endeavour to spread a culture of peace.
In this context, HE Ambassador Sheikha Alya Al-Thani pointed to the ongoing unjust blockade imposed on Qatar for more than three years, emphasizing that the blockade represents a flagrant violation of the United Nations Charter, which obliges States to refrain from fueling conflicts and resolve differences through dialogue, in line with the provisions of the international law and the United Nations Charter.
H.E Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani expressed concern over the inflammatory rhetoric which has experienced a dangerous turn due to the persistence of institutional and systematic calls to repeatedly target nearly two billion Muslims around the world, by deliberately insulting their religious symbols, stressing that the State of Qatar condemns the great rise in a populist rhetoric that incites insult to religions, and expresses its total rejection of all forms of hate speech that is based on belief, race or religion.
H.E affirmed Qatar's commitment to implementing the "Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace", based on its belief that the achievement of peace at the national and international levels requires directing all efforts towards achieving sustainable development; respecting human rights, the rule of law and gender equality; and combating terrorism, extremism and corruption.
H.E. underlined that has harnessed its capabilities in the field of building and promoting peace, through the adoption of a neutral and credible foreign policy and positive and balanced international relations.
Highlighting the confidence in the policy of Qatar at the international, H.E. Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani said that the State of Qatar has worked to prevent and resolve conflicts by peaceful means through mediation and preventive diplomacy as tools to achieve peace based on Chapter VI of the UN Charter, indicating that the efforts of the State of Qatar have contributed to reaching peaceful settlements of a number of conflicts, the latest of which is facilitating and hosting the Afghan peace negotiations in Doha, which were welcomed by the UN Security Council.
In conclusion of the statement of Qatar, H.E. Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani reiterated Qatar's commitment to actively participate in the international efforts to promote the culture of peace, spread the values of moderation and tolerance, and reject hatred, violence and extremism in all its forms.
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