The Foreign Minister H E Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah with his Algerian counterpart, Ramtane Lamamra, after their joint news conference in Algiers yesterday.
DOHA: Qatar and Algeria yesterday called for a political solution to the Syrian crisis and said that was the only panacea to the woes facing the country.
Qatar said its call for a political solution was based on the fact that the Bashar Al Assad regime was not responding to calls for peaceful solution to the Syrian imbroglio.
“We are, thus, left with one and only option to help end the violence and crisis in Syria and that is a political solution in our view,” said Qatar’s Foreign Minister H E Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah. He and the Minister of Energy and Industry, H E Dr Mohamed bin Saleh Al Sada, are in Algeria on a two-day official tour. They arrived in capital Algiers on Wednesday evening.
At the international airport in Algiers, they were welcomed by the Algerian Prime Minister, Abdelmalek Sellal.
Upon arrival, Al Attiyah told waiting journalists that he and Al Sada were visiting Algeria to foster mutual investment and further relations between the two countries. Al Attiyah also addressed a joint press conference with his Algerian counterpart, Ramtane Lamamra, in Algiers.
He said Doha and Algiers fully backed the Arab League resolution on the Syrian crisis.
“There are no differences in our views on the issue of the Arab League’s resolution on the situation in Syria. We called for peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis but the Assad regime didn’t respond. So we are now left with the only option of a political solution.”
He said the situation in the Arab region as a whole also came up for discussions between him and his Lamamra. “We share similar views on the situation.”
He said Qatar and Algeria were keen to foster cooperation in the larger interest of the Arab nation.
Qatar and Algeria signed a partnership agreement for the construction of an iron and steel complex in Bellara, Jijel, 359km east of Algiers. It was signed by the Algerian company Sider and Qatar Steel International company.
The $2bn project is estimated to be completed in three years and start production in the first quarter of 2017. It is first Qatari-Algerian partnership in the fields of industry.
The agreement was signed by the Board Chairman of Qatar Steel International, Ali Hassan Al Meraikhi, in the presence of Al Attiyah, Al Sada, the Minister of State and CEO of Qatar Holding H E Ahmed bin Mohamed Al Sayed, and other officials.