QT-Online / Wednesday, July 15, 2020 / Categories: Top News ICJ ruling reaffirms integrity of Qatar’s legal position on unjust blockade: Cabinet QNA Doha Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani chaired on Wednesday the regular Cabinet meeting, held using video conference technology. Following the meeting, HE Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr. Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi said the following: At the beginning of the meeting, the Cabinet welcomed the ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejecting two appeals by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom Bahrain and Egypt on the jurisdiction of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) over Qatari claims. The cabinet considered that this ruling reaffirms the integrity of the legal position of the State of Qatar in the issue of the unjust blockade imposed by the four countries in clear violation of international law, and international agreements and the foundations and rules of solidarity and regional cooperation. The cabinet also praised the achievement of the State of Qatar, as it continued to lead the list of the safest and most crime-free countries in worldwide, according to global database (Numbeo) during the first half of this year 2020, which included 133 countries in the assessment. The cabinet stressed that this important global achievement, which builds on the high rankings achieved by the country from 2015 to 2019, is thanks to the directives of HH The Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, and his wise policy, and based on the Qatar National Vision 2030, and the comprehensive security strategy of the Ministry of Interior. Moreover, the Cabinet heard a presentation by HE the Minister of Public Health on the latest developments to contain the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Cabinet affirmed continued implementation of the precautionary measures taken to combat this epidemic. Within the framework of the cabinet follow-up on issues related to development plans and implementation of the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030, improving performance and improving services provided to citizens and investors, and facilitating procedures for obtaining them, the cabinet reviewed the report of HE Minister of Municipality and Environment, on building permits and the mechanism for issuing it, and potential challenges, whether related to engineering consulting offices or to owners or to the requirements of government service agencies. The cabinet approved the solutions proposed in the report to address these difficulties, and mandated the Ministry of Municipality and Environment to take the necessary measures and coordinate with all the concerned authorities to put these solutions into practice within a period not exceeding six months, and to ensure the speedy issuance of building permits and the facilitation of their extraction procedures. Afterwards, the cabinet considered the topics on the agenda as follows: First, approving a draft law on registration of trademarks and filing of copyrights and related rights of FIFA. The draft law included provisions on registering FIFA trademarks, copyrights, and related rights as well as the mechanisms of registration and filing. Second, approving a draft cabinet decision to form a committee for auditors' affairs. The draft decision stipulates that the Ministry of Commerce and Industry forms the committee that will be chaired by Assistant Undersecretary for Commerce Affairs, and three representatives from the ministry including a vice chair. The committee would also have members from the Ministry of Finance, State Audit Bureau, Qatar Central Bank, General Tax Authority, and well-experienced auditors. The committee is charged with exercising the powers stated in law no. 8 of 2020 regulating the profession of auditing. Third, approving a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of enhancing integrity and transparency signed between Administrative Control and Transparency Authority in the State of Qatar and Office of the Ombudsman in Rwanda. Previous Article Hosts Qatar to kick off 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament at Al Bayt Stadium Next Article Mesaieed Hospital discharges last COVID-19 patients Print 1149 Rate this article: 4.3 Please login or register to post comments.