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Stepping up efforts to set up UN counter-terrorism office in Qatar: Shura Council

QNA
Doha
The Shura Council and United Nations have intensified efforts to establish the UN office on parliamentary engagement for preventing and countering terrorism in Qatar.
This came as the Shura Council held the last meeting of the 48th ordinary Session on Monday.
At the beginning of the session, Shura Council Speaker HE Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud briefed the council on the meeting he held via video conference with the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) Vladimir Voronkov.
The discussion focused on the arrangements to establish the UN office on parliamentary engagement for preventing and countering terrorism in implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that they signed at the UN Headquarters in New York on February 17.
The MoU stipulated that the Shura Council and the UN should enter into direct arrangements to establish the programme office for parliamentary engagement on preventing and countering terrorism, and its activities shall cover parliaments of the world.
He explained that they agreed during the meeting to intensify efforts to establish this office as soon as possible.
Al Mahmoud also briefed the council on his participation in the five-party meeting held by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). Al Mahmoud participated in the meeting as the President of the 140th IPU General Assembly that was held in Doha in April 2019, along with the former and upcoming presidents of IPU General Assembly, the President of IPU, Secretary-General of IPU and the heads of the Union’s geopolitical groups.
The meeting discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the parliaments of different countries to achieve sustainable development and maintain international peace and security.
It also discussed the challenges facing the world today due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and the role of parliaments in addressing this pandemic and limiting its health, economic, and social impacts.
Secretary-General of the Shura Council Fahd bin Mubarak Al Khayarin then read decree No 60 of 2020 dismissing the 48th ordinary session of Shura Council on Tuesday, Dhu’l Qi’dah 16 of the year 1441 AH, which corresponds to July 7, 2020.
At the end of the session, Al Mahmoud delivered a speech on the occasion of dismissing the ordinary session of the council, expressing his and the Council members’ gratitude and appreciation to His Highness the Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for his continuous support to the council.
Al Mahmoud expressed the council’s appreciation for the cooperation and responsiveness of the government towards its proposals and recommendations. He said the council was able to complete all the draft laws and decrees it received, which were sent to the government with proposals and recommendations, in addition to topics proposed by the council for public discussion.
He offered his sincere appreciation to the members of the council for their efforts.