Qatar is a country open to the world: Lolwah Al Khater

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The Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lolwah Rashid Al Khater, affirmed that Qatar is a country open to the world, it is opening its doors to jurists and human rights organisations unlike other countries in the region.

In an open debate at the 2019 Global Security Forum, she criticised the bloc politics approach in the region, saying that Qatar always tries to soften that policy, as this policy pursues biased attitudes that harm those living in the region.

She added that there are three things that must be taken in consideration to be objective, the first is to check the events when the information arrives, and the second to accept the differences and diversity of point of views as they happen in the rounds tables, and the last thing is not to deliberately publish misleading news, knowing this will determine the methodology to be followed to respond to this behaviour. She doubted the possibility of the continuation of authoritarian regimes and their full control over the messages and information in the countries governed by those regimes.

On who owns the true story, she said that the blockade countries are making many false accusations against the State of Qatar, and therefore many of the information they are saying are not true. Regarding the possibility of negotiations in order to resolve the crisis of the blockade imposed on Qatar, she said that Qatar thanks Kuwait’s efforts in this regard, but every time there is a horizon for the beginning of a solution to the crisis we find soon that one of the blockade countries sends a hostile message towards such efforts, without any justification to thwart these efforts.

On the causes of Qatar’s mediation efforts in many international crises and Qatar’s ability to maintain excellent relations with all parties, she explained that Qatar has a vision to present itself as a mediator in many political events, and Qatar has succeeded in that as a partner credible and reliable on the one hand and maintaining neutrality towards all parties, which some of the blockade countries failed to do it and tried through the role of the mediator to impose its program on one party or the other and tried to impose special agendas.

Regarding Qatar’s position on the conflict between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Iran and the possibility of military confrontations between the two countries and what is the position of Qatar in this regard, she said that we must take a step back and look at the situation in a broader global perspective. If things go in the direction of military escalation, the whole world will be affected, and Qatar alone contributes 30 percent of the LNG market. Imagine if the export of gas stopped suddenly, what will happen to Japan, which buys 60 percent of its LNG needs from Qatar What will happen to the UK, which depends on Qatar’s gas by 30 percent What about the rest of the countries such as India, Singapore, China, South Korea and others

The Spokesperson expressed her belief that the situation should be viewed through two factors, the first is that Syria is not an ordinary country going through normal circumstances, but is a country torn by war for seven years and it has many groups and international and regional forces, and this makes the Syrian border insecure. The second factor is the perceptions of Syria’s neighbouring countries on what they consider threats and risks to their national security. Unless the scene is read in this context, it is very difficult to assess the Turkish operation on the border with Syria, she added.

Lolwah Rashid Al Khater praised the role carried out by H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, in this regard, adding that the situation now is very different from what it was twenty years ago.

She noted that she would not have aspired to complete her education abroad and then assuming this position without the significant development made in the field of women’s rights in Qatar, adding that many women who hold high positions in the country would not have been able to achieve this without the policies initiated by Father Amir

H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser in order to promote women’s education and establish international universities within the Education City.