Qatar- Draft law on biological weapons soon

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Emiri Diwan Doha Qatar

DOHA: The Cabinet in its regular weekly meeting yesterday discussed steps to issue a draft law on biological weapons.

The Cabinet was briefed on the recommendations of the Advisory Council on the draft law.

The meeting at the Emiri Diwan was chaired by Prime Minister and Interior Minister

H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Under the provisions of the draft law any natural or legal person is prohibited from developing producing storing importing exporting or re-exporting shipping (transit) or getting in any way or possessing any biological or toxin weapon.

The draft law defines biological and toxin weapons as microbial biological or toxin elements used in quantities which cannot be justified by preventive or other protective or peaceful purposes whatever their origin or method.

This also included any other weapons equipment or means of delivery designed to use microbial or biological or toxins elements for hostile purposes or in armed conflicts. The draft law also prohibits retaining biological or toxin weapon for himself or for the account of others and possessing or transferring it directly or indirectly to any place within or outside the country.

It also bans converting any biological agent or toxins to a biological weapon building owning or managing a facility for the production of such weapons or their acquisition or retention of any equipment designed for the production of these weapons or their means of delivery and use or the use of weapons or any attempted use or release of biological agents or toxins in order to harm living organisms or terrify people.

The Cabinet approved a draft law amending some provisions of the traffic law issued by Decree Law No. 19 of 2007.

It also approved two draft decisions by the Minister of Culture and Sports on the adoption of a contract model for setting up sport clubs along with the adoption of guiding statute for sports clubs.

The ministry of Culture and Sports has prepared two draft decisions within its efforts to complete necessary resolutions to give effect to the provisions of Law No. 1 of 2016 organising sports clubs.

The Cabinet approved a draft decree for ratification of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank agreement signed in Beijing on 29/06/2015. The Cabinet reviewed a draft law on the Qatar Audit Bureau and the sixth annual report of the Qatar Committee for Alliance of Civilisations for 2015.

Established within the Foreign Ministry the Qatar Committee for Alliance of Civilisations oversees the development of Qatar’s action plan for the alliance of civilizations and follows up on its contributions in this regard.

The Cabinet praised the outcomes of the US-GCC Summit held in Riyadh with the participation of H H the Emir lauding the positive results that would advance and promote the existing cooperation and bilateral understanding to serve the common interests and maintain peace security and stability in the region.

The Peninsula

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