DOHA: Qatar yesterday said it is backing to the hilt the decision of the 12 of the G-20 countries to take action against the Syrian regime for using chemical weapons on its own people, Aljazeera.net reported yesterday.
The Foreign Minister H E Dr Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah said Doha supports the declaration of the 12 G-20 countries to react to the use of chemical weapons. The declaration was made in St Petersburg in Russia two days ago to protect the people of Syria, Aljazeera.net said.
Dr Al Attiyah was addressing a joint news conference with the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, in Paris after attending a mini-ministerial committee session of the Arab Peace Initiative Committee.
He also renewed his call for the international community to intervene to stop massacre being committed by the Syrian regime. “As for Syria and what Qatar is willing to provide, Qatar is studying with its friends and the UN what it could provide to protect the Syrian people,” he said. Qatar has backed the Syrian opposition.
He discussed the peace process with Kerry, the Secretary General of the Arab League, Dr Nabil El Arabi, the foreign ministers of Arab countries and the Palestinian Authority. At the press conference, Dr Al Attiyah also underlined the need to stop Israeli settlements in the Palestinian occupied territories, saying “continued construction by Jewish settlements is an obstacle to reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal”.
He stressed the need for the establishment of a sovereign independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.