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Qatar calls for consensus on Afghanistan, urges the int’l community to join humanitarian efforts

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, has affirmed Qatar’s keenness on avoiding a collapse in Afghanistan, saying that Qatar calls for international consensus on what should be done in Afghanistan and urged the Afghan government to demonstrate its commitment to engaging all parties without discrimination and ensuring rights, particularly the rights of girls and women.
At a joint press conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia HE Dr. Anze Logar on Thursday in Ljubljana, the Foreign Minister urged the international community to join humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan, emphasising the need for the international community to see serious steps in the field of combating terrorism from the Afghan side and dealing with the various Afghans rather than isolating them.
Regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear issue, the foreign minister reiterated Qatar’s position, calling for the parties to resume dialogue as soon as possible. He stated that the State of Qatar welcomes positive steps in this direction, emphasising the importance of nuclear-free zones in the region.
The foreign minister stated that the Qatari-Slovenian talks focused on the Middle East peace process, emphasising Qatar’s clear position based on the two-state solution, ending the occupation, and establishing the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.
The minister praised Qatar-Slovenia bilateral relations, expressing his pleasure at meeting HE the President of the Republic of Slovenia, HE the Prime Minister, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Interior. He stated that the discussions in Ljubljana were fruitful and focused on exchanging perspectives on the most pressing regional and international issues, emphasizing the Republic of Slovenia’s important role as the current President of the European Union. He also praised the Slovenian community in Qatar, which, despite its small size, contributes significantly to the construction and development process.
The minister expressed Qatar’s desire to strengthen economic, trade, and investment ties between the two countries, pointing to a visit to Slovenia by a Qatari trade delegation early next year to explore and evaluate opportunities, particularly in the fields of energy, technology, renewable energy, and information technology.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia welcomed Qatar’s HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs’ visit to his country, expressing optimism about the outcomes of today’s talks and his desire to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
He said that the discussions focused on strengthening bilateral relations through economic cooperation, emphasising the importance of continuing to hold such meetings and discussions between the two countries. He emphasised that he presented Slovenia’s presidential plan to HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, which would advance common interests and strengthen bilateral cooperation.
HE Logar added that the discussions also touched on important issues in which the State of Qatar participates and contributes, such as nuclear agreement negotiations, the Afghan issue, and the Middle East peace process.
The Slovenian Foreign Minister emphasised the importance of adhering to the moral obligation to continue supporting the Afghan people, expressing gratitude for the State of Qatar’s efforts in the Afghan file.
The Qatari minister announced the agreement to hold the second meeting of the two countries’ joint committee to promote trade and investment in the fields of energy, tourism, communications, information technology, and the environment, expressing hope to discuss additional opportunities with the Qatari trade delegation that will visit Slovenia in early 2022.
The Slovenian Foreign Minister stated that the comprehensive agreement on air transport with the European Union, signed in Luxembourg between the State of Qatar and the EU, paved the way for a new phase of cooperation in the field of air transport between both parties, pointing to new areas of cooperation between the State of Qatar and the European Union in the near future.