Qatar repeatedly has denounced Israeli attacks on Palestinians and denied any steps toward normalising ties with Tel Aviv as long as it continues its occupation.
Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani met with Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh in the Amiri Diwan on Monday, state news agency [QNA] reported.
HH the Amir met at his Amiri Diwan with Prime Minister of the State of Palestine. At the outset of meeting, The Palestinian PM briefed HH the Amir on developments in Palestine and the attacks and violations of the Palestinian people’s rights by the Israeli occupation forces.#QNA pic.twitter.com/Y6HjyJB2xB
— Qatar News Agency (@QNAEnglish) June 7, 2021
During the meeting, the two discussed the reconstruction of Gaza, the protection of the Al-Aqsa mosque, and maintaining the Qatar and Egypt-brokered ceasefire. Sheikh Tamim also echoed his country’s support to the Palestinian cause as well as the people of Palestine.
Shtayyeh also met with Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani shortly before his meeting with the Amir, where they also discussed the latest developments, including ongoing Israeli aggression against Palestinians.
Shtayyeh was accompanied with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki and government spokesman, Ibrahim Melhem.
Over the last few months, Qatar has repeatedly denounced allegations regarding normalisation with Israel, confirmed it will refuse to do so as long as Israel maintains its occupation.
More recently, Qatar’s foreign minister said steps to move toward normalising relations with the occupying state remains “unlikely”.
“We see from our point of view in Qatar, which I can comment on, that the main reason for the lack of a relationship between us and Israel is the occupation of the Palestinian territories, and the reason is still there, still valid, and there is no step or any hope toward peace yet,” the foreign minister told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday.
This comes just weeks after Qatar and Egypt brokered a ceasefire to put an end to the 11-day indiscriminate bombing of Gaza, where over 200 were killed. The death toll also continues to rise despite the ceasefire, with many succumbing to the injuries they sustained during the bombardment.
Qatar was also quick to send aid to Gaza, providing a $500 million aid package to help the reconstruction of the city.
However, reports stated that Tel Aviv is refusing to allow the entry of Qatari aid into the besieged seaside territory, accusing the Gulf state of funding Hamas, which it views as a terrorist organisation.
In recent weeks, senior Qatari officials as well as Hamas leaders have vehemently refuted those claims.