Qatar supports Palestinian people’s struggle says Al Khulaifi
Khartoum, January 22 – HE the Speaker of Qatar’s Advisory Council, Mohamed Bin Mubarak Al Khulaifi underlined on Monday Qatar’s firm support for the Palestinian people’s struggle, based on a conviction of the fairness of their cause.
Speaking at the 8th session of the federation of the councils of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member countries being held in Khartoum, Al Khulaifi lauded HH the Emir’s continued support for the Palestinian people at international forums and working to lift the unjust siege of the Gaza Strip.
He cited HH the Emir’s historic visit to the Gaza Strip in October last year as an attempt to break the siege.
Al Khulaifi, in his speech stressed the importance of ending all differences between Palestinian factions and reaching a national reconciliation.
He maintained that the Palestinian issue remains on top of the Arab and Muslim world priorities. He said that Israel’s repressive policies towards the Palestinian people will always stain the world’s conscience. He pointed to the displacement of the Palestinian people of Jerusalem in favor of Jewish settlers, Judaization of Jerusalem, as an example of Israel’s repressive policies.
On Syria, Al Khulaifi condemned the Syrian regime’s killing of its own people. He also criticized the regime’s stalling on all the initiatives offered to end the conflict. He condemned the international community for their inaction, labeling it the reason for the regime’s crimes. Al Khulaifi also expressed his sorrow at the tragic situation of the Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.
He called on participants in the conference to do their utmost in helping Syrian refugees in those areas. He stressed in that regard that the State of Qatar under the leadership of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani was keen to help out. Qatar has already provided assistance to Syrian refugees by delivering aid and opening schools for Syrian children in Lebanon, Al Khulaifi added.Al Khulaifi also referred to the tragic situation of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, urging the conferees to help them and support their cause.
He lauded the Darfur peace accord signed in Doha by the Sudanese government and the Freedom and Justice Movement ,expressing the hope that Sudan will be able to surmount current challenges.
Al Khulaifi condemned terrorism as an international phenomenon, however, he said that a distinction should be made between the struggle for freedom and terrorism.
He noted that Qatar has always called for maintaining peace and stability regionally and on the world level and for that purpose it has hosted several international forums to cement relations among peoples and civilization.
Al Khulaifi also called for stepping up cooperation between the Islamic Parliamentary Federation and other regional and international unions.
He said that Qatar has created an environment for women to contribute to public life and hence, Qatari women were having a role in development.
He also referred to Qatar s emphasis on human rights issues and the setting up of a national commission for human rights.
Expressing his appreciation of the Sudanese government s hosting of the conference, he voiced the hope it would produce an outcome meeting the aspirations of OIC peoples.
Then, on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, delivered a speech in which he said that the current and crucial stage experienced by our Arab nation, requires all of us to unite and intensify serious and sincere efforts in order to overcome the challenges confronting us and to seek and promote joint Arab action, in the way that positively and significantly affects the lives of Arab citizens, and achieves steady progress, prosperity and a decent life for them.