Qaradawi’s views don’t reflect Qatar’s policy: FM

February 02, 2014 - 2:08:43 am

The Foreign Minister H E Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah with US Secretary of State John Kerry during the Munich Security Conference, at the Bayerischer Hof Hotel, yesterday. The Foreign Minister also met his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Poposki, the Mayor of Munich City Christian Ude, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and  Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

DOHA: Qatar has distanced itself from recent remarks made by noted Doha-based Islamic scholar Dr Yousuf Al Qaradawi against the United Arab Emirates, saying what has been attributed to the scholar does not represent the official views of the country.

Speaking to Qatar TV, Foreign Minister H E Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah said that Qatar’s foreign policy was represented by official state channels, not by the mass media or on any random platform.

“We love and respect our brothers in the UAE and the security of the UAE is part of our security,” he said.

“The relation between Qatar and the UAE is strategic on both government and popular levels,” he added.

Al Qaradawi reportedly criticised the UAE in a Friday sermon for supporting the military-led government in Egypt.

On recent media reports attacking Qatar, the Foreign Minister said, “in the previous period we have noticed that Qatar came under unjustified attacks with regard to the issue of labourers.”

“What I can say is that Qatar is progressing day after day and we are serious about improving the standard of living, both for our citizens and for expatriate workers, who helped in the building and prosperity of Qatar,” he added.

He said that Qatar had initiated appropriate measures, including the appointment of a global consultancy bureau to explore and review all procedures, laws and steps taken in Qatar to protect workers.

“I cannot say anything about this report until it is released by the entrusted body,” said the Foreign Minister.

Commenting on the Tunisian and Yemeni models he said “we, in Qatar, have always been seeking peaceful and political solutions. I want to salute our brothers in Tunisia for what they have achieved in terms of conducting serious and genuine dialogue which lead to the ratification of the constitution and the formation of the government.”

“I would also like to congratulate our brothers in Yemen for successfully concluding the national dialogue with positive results. We hope that this success would continues in the next phase,” said the Foreign Minister.

On Munich Conference, he said it is of one of the most important forums where ideas are exchanged, especially in the political and security issues, in light of current conditions in the Middle East. “Over the last four years Qatar has been taking the opportunity to meet with friends and allies in an attempt to put forward ideas for solutions which help in solving some of the crises facing the Middle East region,” said Al Attiyah. 

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