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'Qatar Attaches Importance To Comprehensive Global Development'

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) QNA

Doha: Deputy Speaker of the Shura Council H E Dr. Hamda bint Hassan Al Sulaiti said yesterday that Qatar, in accordance with the directives of its wise leadership, attaches great importance to the country's comprehensive and integrated development, taking into account that Qatar's growth and development depend on the development and security of other countries.

This came in a speech at the main session of the 17th session of the Conference of Union of Councils of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states, held in Algiers, under the title 'The Islamic World, Challenges of Modernization and Development'.

Highlighting Qatar's contributions to the international efforts for sustainable development, Deputy Speaker of the Shura Council estimated the total value of grants and development assistance provided by Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) in 2021 at more than $500,000,000.

For decades, Qatar has sought to assist the least developed countries and landlocked developing countries and small island developing states, and continues to do its best as a strategic partner in the development of the least developed countries, she said.

Commenting on the Islamic world's response to challenges of modernisation and development, Dr. Hamda bint Hassan Al Sulaiti drew attention to the current political and social instability in the countries of the Islamic world, their faltering economies in wake of COVID-19 repercussions, and the Russia-Ukraine crisis that triggered supply chains disruption.

The 57 Islamic countries occupy more than a fifth of the land area, with a distinguished geographical and human diversity, and abundant wealth, but the majority of them suffer from economic decline, the inability to capitalize on natural and human resources and the inability to achieve food security, aggravated by the lack of optimum management and determination to achieve the goals of cooperation, integration and union, she told the conference.

Deputy Speaker of the Shura Council stressed that keeping pace with modernisation and modernisation in all areas of life requires achieving individuals' economic and self-development. The Islamic world is shackled by its poverty and ignorance that thwart progress despite having a religion that inspires cooperation and unity as a Muslim nation, as well as enormous and on-hand natural and human resources, she said.

She said the meeting coincides with an explosive situation in Palestine following the dangerous escalation led by the occupation entity's far-right government in the Palestinian territories and its punitive measures against the Palestinian Authority and people. She highlighted in this context the Israeli ministers and settlers' storming of the Al Aqsa Mosque courtyards and the West Bank cities that killed many Palestinians.

Qatar expresses deep sorrow and grief over the Palestinian lives that are being claimed daily, condemns the occupation forces' heinous crimes, and calls on the international community to provide the necessary protection for the Palestinian people, and to ensure that the historical and religious status of the Al Aqsa Mosque and the holy Islamic and Christian sites are not compromised and to guarantee that the occupation entity crimes will not go unpunished, she told the conference.

She renewed the firm position of Qatar and its people on the justice of the Palestinian cause and the legitimate rights of the brotherly Palestinian people to establish their independent state on the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.


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