Qatar Emir calls for dialogue in Syria

October 12, 2011

Qatar’s Emir Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani has called for an end to the bloodshed in Syria.

“There are Arab moves about what is going on in Syria,” Shaikh Hamad told pan-Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera.

“The Arab League and Arab countries are making moves, but the most important thing needed right now about the situation in Syria is an end to the bloodshed and finding a way for people to discuss together their issues and move away from the almost daily killings,” he said.

Shaikh Hamad said that the Syrian national council was an important step forward.

“Syria will benefit if the government could sit down and agree with the council on a new constitution that will preserve the country’s balance and build a new future,” he said. “I believe that this would be a good development. I believe that this council almost has its legitimacy from the protestors in Syria.”

On Monday, Qatar’ prime minister called for an end to the bloodshed and for a prompt start of reforms in Syria.

“There should be immediate action to stop what is happening in Syria, as we see a toll of victims from various ages, including men, women and children,” Shaikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani said.

“Obviously, both sides are insisting on their stances, so we need to have a procedure to put an end to the situation. The Arab League has to assume its responsibilities,” Shaikh Hamad, who is also his country’s foreign minister, said in Kuwait City.

Qatar was the first Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country to pull out its ambassador in Damascus in mid-July after its embassy building was attacked by a mob reportedly upset over the coverage of the Doha-based Al Jazeera channel of the developments in the country.

Despite apologies from Syria, Qatar did not re-open its embassy. In August, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors in the Syrian capital “for consultations.”



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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