Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has stressed Qatar’s firm stance on respecting the sovereignty of countries and adhering to the UN Charter and the indivisible principles of international law.
Addressing a joint press conference along with Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Mevlut Cavusoglu in Istanbul yesterday, Sheikh Mohammed said what applies to Ukraine also applies to other issues whether in Palestine and putting an end to the Israeli occupation there or regarding any other country.
The Deputy PM said Qatar and Turkey agreed to keep enhancing bilateral relations, particularly in the economic, investment, and trade fields, in addition to enhancing cultural relations and ties between the two peoples.
The Deputy Prime Minister stressed that the outcomes of the preparatory ministerial meeting for the eighth meeting of Qatari-Turkish Supreme Strategic Committee were constructive, expressing his thanks to the work teams in the two ministries of foreign affairs to prepare for the work of this committee. He said the talks provided an opportunity to hold political consultations on various issues, adding there is complete consensus in the views between Qatar and Turkey on various issues. He said the two sides discussed the developments of the Palestinian issue, which is the central issue for both countries, and they also touched upon the Declaration of Algiers that was signed between the Palestinian factions. Qatar once again welcomed this announcement and hoped that these positive steps would contribute to ending the state of division that greatly affected the Palestinian cause.
He expressed Qatar’s condemnation of the Israeli escalation that occurs on a daily basis, the violations in the various regions of the West Bank, and the repeated incursions into Al Aqsa Mosque.
Regarding the Russia-Ukraine crisis, the Deputy Prime Minister praised the role played by Turkiye and its diplomacy in helping achieve stability in food markets, especially the grains markets, noting in this context the Istanbul agreement that was signed several months ago and expressed the support of Qatar for Turkish diplomatic efforts.
He renewed Qatar’s firm position regarding the crisis in terms of its rejection of the violation of countries’ sovereignty, and the sovereignty of Ukraine in this regard in particular, stressing Qatar’s support to diplomatic efforts aiming to end the war peacefully and diplomatically as quickly as possible.
The Deputy Prime Minister said Qatar-Turkiye talks also included developments in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq. His Excellency said that Qatar supports the work of the UN Envoy to Syria and would like to see real progress from the Syrian regime’s delegations to the constitutional committee. He also said Qatar supports a political resolution that ends the suffering of the Syrian people as quickly as possible.
He also said that Qatar’s position was firm regarding the unity of Libya’s land, ending the division as soon as possible, achieving stability, and holding elections in line with constitutional and legal rules that would be agreed on.
Regarding Afghanistan, the Deputy Prime Minister expressed Qatar’s thanks to Turkiye for its support to the Qatari efforts to establish stability in Afghanistan and put an end to the suffering of the Afghan people by providing humanitarian aids, and also through working with the current government to put an end to the actions that carry violations to some groups of the Afghan people. He said the talks also dealt with the recent developments in Iraq. Sheikh Mohammed concluded his statement by extending his thanks to Turkiye for its support to Qatar regarding the organisation of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
In response to journalists’ questions, the Deputy Prime Minister said that the meeting between Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and President of Russia H E Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the sixth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) dealt with several regional and bilateral issues.
He stressed Qatar’s clear stance towards the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis, pointing out that there are several repercussions of this crisis on energy markets, and Qatar is a major player in these international markets. He also noted the crisis repercussions on international food security and its reflections on the entire international system.
The Deputy Prime Minister added that the meeting extensively dealt with several other regional and international issues that Qatar does not want to be affected by the current escalation between Russia and Ukraine such as the Iranian nuclear issue, the Syrian issue, and the exerted efforts in Libya.
His Excellency stressed the importance of dialogue and opening communication channels between all parties to put an end to that escalation.
He said Qatar’s and Turkiye’s positions on various issues discussed yesterday are in harmony, indicating that Turkiye finds all the needed support in its endeavours to find a solution to the Russia-Ukraine crisis and its repercussions.
He explained that there is no Qatari interference or initiative to put an end to that crisis and that Qatar is always ready to provide support to the international efforts that contribute to resolving that crisis. He said Qatar is in continuous communications with the brothers in Turkiye and will provide Turkiye with any needed support to make these efforts a success. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the talks dealt with bilateral relations. He pointed out that the business relations between the two countries are continuously growing and the trade volume is rapidly increasing, expressing Turkiye’s appreciation of Qatar’s efforts to reduce the energy crisis.