Qatar’s Emir calls for greater efforts to resolve the Middle East crisis through dialogue and negotiations

August 19, 2010

Qatar’s Emir has called for greater efforts to resolve the Middle East crisis through dialogue and negotiations in accordance with the international resolutions.

“We stress the need to intensify efforts to achieve world peace and coexistence among peoples and civilizations,” Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, said. “We also stress the need to resolve the crisis in the Middle East through dialogue and negotiation accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy, and we welcome the position of the Republic of Paraguay on the Palestinian cause,” Shaikh Hamad said in a press statement after talks with President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay in Asuncion.

The Emir said that his visit to Paraguay, during which several agreements were signed, reflected keenness on further enhancing bilateral and multi-national relations.

“We, in Qatar are keen on establishing relations and good ties with Latin America, so I’m here today before you … Our presence here today is a reflection of our joint desire to enhance different aspects of mutual cooperation, which were deeply discussed during the official session of talks held here,” he said. “Despite the different challenges that we are facing, development remains a common challenge therefore we have to enhance communication, both internationally and regionally, within the framework of various international organisations such as the United Nations or regional groupings and blocs such as the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and Group of 77 and China,” Shaikh Hamad said, quoted by Qatar News Agency (QNA).

According to the statement, “long distance should not impede building bridges of interaction and communication between Arab and South American countries.”

“By promoting unity in diversity in Latin American countries, immigrants have succeeded in integrating with these societies,” Shaikh Hamad said.

President Lugo said that South American countries were looking for new niches and areas of cooperation and expressed hope for further cooperation with Arab countries.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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