Wednesday, 20 February 2019 05:14 GMT

Al-Muraikhi: Siege undermines efforts of Group of 77 and China

(MENAFN - Gulf Times) HE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi has said that the measures imposed by the siege countries on Qatar undermine the efforts of the Group of 77 and China to strengthen the unity of the group and the co-operation
between its countries.
This came in a statement of Qatar delivered by HE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs at the ministerial meeting held by the group in New York on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.
He pointed out that Qatar has been under siege for more than three months, in violation of the principles of co-operation on which the Group of 77 has been based, as well as the violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the right of peoples to self-determination and sovereignty, the principles of friendly relations between states, human rights and humanitarian principles.
He also referred to the unjust campaign of the fabricated accusations against Qatar aimed at tarnishing its reputation, damaging its relations with friendly countries and imposing guardianship on its foreign policy.
Al-Muraikhi said that while Qatar faces arbitrary measures against the unity of its people and their cohesion with the leadership of the state and because of its distinguished position on the international scene, the support of the majority of the international community for its position and its extensive regional-international partnerships aimed at confronting the collective challenges, these measures undermine the efforts of the Group of 77 and China to strengthen the unity of the group and the co-operation among its countries.
He reiterated that Qatar attaches great importance to promoting South-South co-operation, especially in the current international economic environment, as means of enhancing the participation of our states in the world economy.
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs expressed Qatar's belief in the importance of international development co-operation and participatory responsibility for achieving sustainable development, stressing the importance of continuing to play a prominent and increasingly important role inspired by Qatar National Vision 2030, and provide a support through co-operation programmes in the field of economic and social development, humanitarian affairs and the fight against poverty.
In this context, He announced that Qatar is hosting a high-level meeting to prepare for the Economic and Social Council Forum concerned with following up the financing for development in 2018 from November 18-19.
Qatar's hosting of this meeting reflects its partnership with the international community in this area, as Doha hosted in 2008 the International Follow-up Conference on Financing for Development to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus.
He also pointed out to the increasing tension, division and instability in many parts of the world, which directly affected development and weakened the ability of countries to advance development plans and prosperity of their peoples.
In the light of the challenges faced by the member states of the group, he said that this required them to co-operate and refrain from any actions that might harm member states or affect solidarity among them.
He also called for more joint efforts towards economic and social development, peace and prosperity with a spirit of partnership and solidarity in order to overcome obstacles and challenges and create an enabling environment for the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Plan.
HE al-Muraikhi reiterated the confirmation of Qatar on the principle of the permanent sovereignty of peoples living under foreign occupation over their natural resources, in particular the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and the population of the occupied Syrian Golan, calling on Israel to desist from the exploitation of those resources.
He stressed Qatar's commitment to the goals and priorities of the Group of 77 and China and its keenness to be an active partner for achieving sustainable development for the benefit of all mankind.


Al-Muraikhi: Siege undermines efforts of Group of 77 and China

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