Qatar contributes to global efforts to fight COVID-19: Al Khater Feb 23, 2021 0 1105 12345 QNADohaQatar is contributing to international efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic by providing support to needy countries and concerned international organisations, Assistant Foreign Minister and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs HE Lolwah bint Rashid Al Khater has said.“The COVID-19 pandemic will quickly pass and the humanity will avoid further loss of life and the various negative consequences,” Al Khater said in a speech before the high-level segment of the 46th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.Regarding confronting the COVID-19 pandemic, Al Khater said Qatar continued its efforts by adopting a strategy based on three basic axes: protecting citizens and residents by strengthening the health sector, providing the necessary support to the economic sector to reduce the pandemic negative effects, and contributing to international efforts to address the pandemic by providing support to needy countries and concerned international organizations.Al Khater reminded the international community that providing the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine to the Palestinians in the occupied territories is one of the responsibilities of the occupation authorities before international and humanitarian law and that their disavowal of this responsibility can only be understood as an apartheid regime that must be condemned and denounced.She said Qatar continues its efforts to improve human rights conditions, and has made great strides in this regard through the steady implementation of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the strategies related to it.She said Qatar achieved many sustainable development goals and assumed advanced positions in human development reports in recent years. Qatar topped the list of countries in the Middle East and North Africa in the ranking of the 2020 Global Peace Index, ranked first in the Arab world in the index of the most secure and peaceful societies, and achieved the highest level of women’s participation in the workforce in the region with 58.3 percent.She indicated that within the framework of enhancing public participation for citizens, Qatar decided to hold the first elections for the Shura Council in October according to the provisions of the permanent constitution of Qatar.About modernising the legislative system in the field of promoting and protecting workers’ rights, Qatar has adopted a series of pioneering legislative and institutional reforms in the region that have led to the abolition of the sponsorship system, improvement of working conditions, and providing a decent living for all workers, including the enactment of minimum wages and the creation of a safe and balanced work environment in line with the standards of the International Labor Organization. The ILO has said that Qatar will become a regional model for the rights of migrant workers when legislation comes into force, Al Khater said.She said there is no doubt that everyone has followed the conclusions of the 41st GCC summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, and the issuance of the Al-Ula statement announcing the end of the Gulf crisis that lasted for more than three years, after the spirit of wisdom and responsibility prevailed among all and overcoming difficulties in achieving reconciliation and establishing the principles of brotherhood and reunification.Al Khater explained that Qatar has welcomed this agreement out of its firm conviction that constructive dialogue is the way to resolve differences by peaceful means based on the rules of international law, the principles of good neighborliness, and respect for sovereignty and independence of states. She said no doubt that ending this crisis and implementing the Al-Ula agreement will positively reflect on enhancing the GCC’s desired role in consolidating regional stability and the bonds of the Gulf societal fabric and promoting and protecting human rights. She hoped that this crisis will be a lesson to learn from it and a catalyst for more cooperation and solidarity to achieve a better future for relations between our countries.Al Khater said Qatar renews its appreciation for the Kuwaiti mediation efforts made by HH Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the late Amir of the State of Kuwait, which was completed by HH the Amir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah. She said Qatar also appreciates all brotherly and friendly countries that contributed to ending this crisis. Al Khater said the world, the Arab region in particular, is still facing many dangerous challenges that threaten the international peace and security as a result of the continued occupation and armed conflicts. With regard to the occupied Palestinian territories, she said Qatar renews its condemnation and rejection of the continued violations and racist practices committed by the occupation authorities against the brotherly Palestinian people, especially the determination on implementing plans to build illegal settlements, in flagrant violation of the provisions of international law and resolutions of international legitimacy. Qatar also renews its condemnation of the continued unjust siege imposed by Israel on two million Palestinians in Gaza Strip, calling on the international community to take all necessary measures to end this illegal siege and protect the brotherly Palestinian people. She said the occupation authorities must realise that a just, comprehensive and lasting peace can only be achieved by ending the occupation and establishing the State of Palestine on the basis of pre-1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital.On Syria, Al Khater said that after 10 years of the ongoing conflict, the Syrian people are still paying a heavy price from their lives, security and future as a result of their demands for freedom, dignity and justice. The Syrian regime continues to face these legitimate demands by committing gross violations of human rights, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Warning about the fragility of the situation in Syria and the impact of its deterioration on the region, Qatar calls on all Syrian parties and the international community to work hard to make a real progress in reaching a peaceful solution to the conflict on the basis of the Geneva Declaration 1 and Security Council Resolution 2254, and to ensure accountability the perpetrators of all violations and crimes in Syria.On Libya, she said Qatar calls on all parties to adhere to their national responsibilities, overcome their differences, and move forward in the Libyan political dialogue in order to consolidate the principles of the rule of law and institutions through democratic national elections that meet the demands of the Libyan people and contribute to the protection and promotion of human rights, and the achievement of welfare and sustainable development.Meanwhile, she expressed the hope that all parties to the war in Yemen would realise the magnitude of the human tragedy that afflicted the country and the brotherly Yemeni people, and called for implementing the agreements that have been concluded, especially the Riyadh Agreement, to stop the fighting and move forward towards peace with a real will that leads to an end to the war and the achievement of the national reconciliation and the aspirations of the Yemeni people for security, stability and development.Al Khater underlined Qatar’s firm commitment to cooperation with the Council and with all other United Nations mechanisms working in the field of human rights, and to support them to carry out their tasks and enable them to achieve the noble goals for which they were established. 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