No change in foreign policy: Minister

December 05, 2013 - 2:54:44 am

DOHA: Qatar has said it has not changed its foreign policy and reiterated its support for the Syrian people and their aspirations for freedom and peace.

Calrifying its stance on Egypt, it has said it continues to support its people and that its policy on Cairo is not linked to any political grouping or party. “We are supporting democracy,” Foreign Minister H E Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah (pictured) said about Egypt during a key lecture in London yesterday. 

He was speaking at the UK’s Royal Institute of International Affairs. “We have friendly relations with Egypt.

Qatar is working closely with the Arab League and the UN Security Council to help end the sufferings of the Syrian people and achieve peace in the country, he said. A number of British MPs, leading politicians and diplomats attended the lecture.

The foreign minister said Qatar was not seeking glorification or showing off or beautifying its image. “We rather seek all possible ways to help achieve peace.” Talking about Iran, Al Attiyah said Qatar backed Tehran’s dialogue with the West to reduce tensions between the two sides. “We want the region to remain free of nuclear weapons.”

Recounting Qatar’s efforts to lend a helping hand in achieving peace elsewhere in the world, he said his country has done its bit to bring peace in Afghanistan as well as hosting talks between various Afghan factions on its soil.

The country has also played a key role in helping achieve peace between different factions in Palestine, said the foreign minister. More than 200 people attended the lecture at the end of which there was a barrage of questions on various issues that the foreign minister answered.

The questions mainly related to its peace initiatives in the region, its relations with its GCC neighbours as also with Iraq.

Answering a question as to why Qatar didn’t have an embassy in Iraq, Al Attiyah said in spite of that his country had very cordial and close ties with Baghdad.

The Peninsula

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