(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The Advisory Council, chaired by HE the Speaker Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud, held an extensive discussion on the phenomenon of rising shop rents in Qatar.
Several members requested a general discussion on the issue. After an extensive discussion, the council decided to refer the matter to the Services and Public Utilities Committee for a report.
The session began with the speaker briefing the council on the outcome of the 108th general assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and its related meetings, which took place in Geneva from March 24 to 28, and in which he participated as the head of a delegation of the council.
Al-Mahmoud also briefed the council on the series of intensive meetings that he and the accompanying delegation held with a number of heads of parliaments in friendly countries, heads of delegations and parliamentary groups.
During the meetings, he said, he explained the developments related to the Gulf crisis and the position of Qatar on it.
He expressed his satisfaction at the understanding with Qatar's position during these meetings and the desire to reach a quick solution to the Gulf crisis through dialogue, without preconditions and with respect for the sovereignty of states and adherence to laws and international charters.
The speaker also pointed out that the active participation of women in the Qatari delegation has been appreciated by the general assembly of IPU.
The Advisory Council commended the results of the work of the IPU general assembly, in which the Advisory Council delegation had a role, especially the draft resolution submitted by the Arab and Islamic groups concerning the occupied city of Jerusalem, which the general assembly adopted by a large majority.
The draft resolution stipulates the protection of the legal and historic status of Jerusalem and considering the decision of the US administration as null and void under international law.
The Advisory Council expressed its satisfaction with the selection of Qatar as a member of the IPU's Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights.
The council considered that this choice comes in recognition of the status of Qatar and its role and commitment to international human rights treaties.
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