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Qatar urges end to ‘global inaction’ towards Palestinian cause


Doha has in recent weeks pumped up its support of Palestinians and condemnation of violations committed by Israel, amid a wave of Arab normalisation pacts with the Jewish state.

Qatar reaffirmed its strict and non-wavering position in defending the Palestinian case, calling on the international community on Wednesday to end inaction in order to help Palestinians regain their rights.

Qatar’s Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva, Ambassador Ali bin Khalfan Al Mansouri, made the remarks during a general debate on the rights of people in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, at the Human Rights Council’s 45th regular session.

“We also call for exploring ways to reach true peace, and to move effectively to confront all attempts and projects aimed at ending this issue and confiscating the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, and to take the necessary measures to ensure the protection of Palestinians and enable them to exercise their inalienable rights,” said Al Mansouri.

Al Mansouri stated that the State of Qatar strongly condemns all violations committed by the illegal occupation by Israel, calling for a permanent, just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian case in accordance with international law.

He also affirmed the need to implement international legitimacy resolutions and refer back to the Arab Peace Initiative, which was passed in 2002 by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to refrain from normalising with Israel until it fully withdraws from Palestine.

Additionally, Al Mansouri stressed the importance of establishing a sovereign Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Al-Quds as its capital while reaching a just solution to the Palestinian refugee issue.

The Qatari official also called for an end to dire living conditions in the Gaza Strip as well as Israeli attacks and military operations. The international community must take take all necessary measures to ensure this, the statement by Al Mansouri said.

Read also: Qatar dismisses normalisation claims, says its position remains the same

Qatar has pumped up statements to confirm its stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict in recent weeks, amid a wave of controversial Arab normalisation deals led by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

In a recent statement, Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) responded to rumours generated by Saudi and Emirati media saying that the country is “open to normalisation”.

“It is regrettable to see some misleading media campaigns that try to mix up issues and distort the image of the State of Qatar at the expense of the brotherly Palestinian people and their legitimate rights at this defining moment in the history of the conflict,” Qatar’s statement said.

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