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Qatar integrates responsibility for protecting civilians in foreign policy

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Qatar integrates responsibility for protecting civilians in foreign policy

Qatar integrates responsibility for protecting civilians in foreign policy

15 Jun 2018 – 2:45

The Peninsula

DOHA: Dr. Mutlaq bin Majid Al Qahtani, Special Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs  for Combating Terrorism and Mediation in Dispute Resolution and the National Focal Point for the Responsibility to Protect Civilians from Cruel Crimes, has underlined that Qatar had integrated responsibility for protecting civilians from atrocities, particularly war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and ethnic cleansing in its foreign policy.

He said siege countries have imposed a barbaric blockade on Qatar in flagrant violation of international laws and norms, stressing that the leadership, government and people of Qatar are now stronger than ever, and now we have more partners, allies and friends than ever and all of them deserve to be thanked for their support to the State of Qatar, including the member states of this alliance.

Speaking at  the 8th Annual Meeting of the Global Network of R2P Focal Points in Helsinki, Finland , Ambassador Mutlaq bin Majid Al Qahtani said that the integration was done by addressing the root causes of violence in some countries and societies and trying to address the domestic  motives for violence, including violent extremism, which could lead to terrorism and atrocities in some States, as well as through good offices, mediation and preventive diplomacy to prevent and resolve conflicts.

The Special Envoy touched on how Qatar had integrated the responsibility for protection in its foreign policy, referring to its first step in 2015 to appoint a senior official as its national focal point, noting that Qatar is the first country in the Middle East to do so and remained the only one in the region until Jordan joined it last year.

He noted  that Qatar believes in constructive partnership and cooperation in this regard, so it has been working closely with national NGOs and civil society organisations such as Education Above All, Educate A Child and Silatech. He pointed to its deep policy of economic empowerment and equal opportunities throughout the Middle East  with a view to  addressing the root causes of violence and preventing the outbreak and spread of conflicts in the region, which suffers from unequal opportunities, inequality, poverty and lack of adequate education.

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