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His Highness the Amir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani patronised the opening ceremony of International Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha, under the theme ‘Green Desert, Better Environment’, at Al Bidda Park on Monday evening.

President of the United Arab Emirates HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan HE Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Djibouti HE Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the United Republic of Tanzania HE Samia Suluhu Hassan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq HE Mohammed Shia’ Al Sudani, Prime Minister of the Republic of Yemen HE Dr Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed, and Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda HE Dr Edouard Ngirente were in attendance at the opening ceremony.

At the outset of the ceremony, the Qatari national anthem was played followed by a screening of a short movie entitled ‘A green Qatar’.

In a speech on this occasion, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani said Qatar’s hosting of Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha goes in line with its commitments to sustainable development nationally and globally. He hailed the event as a qualitative addition to Qatar’s various initiatives aimed at ensuring a safer and more stable future for all peoples across the globe.

The Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed that these initiatives came following HH the Amir’s directives with the aim of achieving a balance between Qatar’s development needs and the preservation of its air, water and soil natural resources to implement Qatar National Vision 2030. One of its basic pillars is developing a comprehensive environmental vision that places the preservation of the environment for future generations at top of its priorities.

The PM added that this global event seeks serious initiatives and partnerships that restore present and future generations’ hopes to live in a safe world without discrimination or preference amid many unfortunate disasters and calamities that hit humanity due to disrespect and irresponsible depletion of nature.

He reiterated the call for more creative, environmentally friendly solutions and innovations in all aspects of life that take a realistic approach concerned with comprehensive economic development and environmental protection, while at the same time ensuring equitable energy security for all.

The PM also called for intensifying international cooperation to achieve a balanced environmental world where humans respect their fellows and sustainably respect the environment and nature.

At the end of his speech, the PM expressed his thanks to all the countries and friends who participated in the Expo, voicing hopes it would lead to partnerships and projects in the benefit of future generations.

Both of Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Dimitri Kerkentzes and President of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), Leonardo Capitano gave a speech during the ceremony.

HH Personal Representative of HH the Amir Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani attended the ceremony.

Also present were Speaker of the Shura Council HE Hassan bin Abdullah Al Ghanim, a number of sheikhs and ministers, ministers and representatives of sisterly and friendly countries, members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the state, several prominent businessmen, and guests of the Expo.

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