HE Ambassador Dr. Mutlaq bin Majed Al Qahtani asserted that good endeavors, mediation and dispute settlement through peaceful means represent a strategic option and core pillar of the foreign policy of the State of Qatar.
In an interview with Qatar News Agency , His Excellency said the State of Qatar gives top priority to the principle of consolidating international peace and security in its foreign policy, which is one of most important and fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter, through encouraging the pacific settlement of regional and international disputes; stressing that this principle is derived from the directives and vision of the wise leadership of the State of Qatar, and is based on the permanent constitution of the State of Qatar, its history, culture and the true Islamic religion.
Qatar’s wise leadership, represented by HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, has powerful desire and consolidated belief in the importance of moving forward to pursue mediation approach and exert good endeavors to bolster regional and international peace and security and consolidate Qatar’s status globally, he added.
HE Dr. Al Qahtani pointed out that the State of Qatar has gained an accumulative expertise spanning over more than a quarter-century in mediation and good endeavors which conspicuously consolidated its regional and global reputation and stature as a fair and independent mediator to achieve peace and security in the region and worldwide.
He emphasized that the State of Qatar – through its experience and expertise – gained the confidence of the international community and remained welcomed and acceptable mediator by virtue of the approach Qatar pursues in mediation which is consistent with the provisions of the international law, in addition to its adherence to principles of transparency, credibility, impartiality, observing cultural sensitivity of parties to the conflict, respecting religion, customs and traditions, as well as maintaining confidentiality of negotiations and commitment to high professionality during engagement with a variety of concerned parties.
The State of Qatar has no hidden political agenda and does not seek publicity when undertaking its role as mediator to settle disputes, as such efforts stem from its keenness to build peace, stability, and development both in the region and worldwide, Dr. Al Qahtani added.
Qatar exists in a region that witnesses many conflicts and tensions and has a consolidated belief in the significance of taking mediation role to settle disputes and exert good endeavors to resolve differences to avoid conflict, along with its consequential human, economic and development costs, he noted.
HE Dr. Mutlaq bin Majed Al Qahtani pointed out that the State of Qatar does not impose itself as mediator in conflict resolution or addressing any regional or international crisis without parties to the conflicts consent to engage in mediation, because such a matter is related to nations sovereignty, he said, adding that Qatar does not invite itself to interfere without approval of parties to the conflict.
Maintaining the confidentiality of negotiations is a fundamental principle and Qatar is bound by that principle, His Excellency stressed, outlining that Qatar has engaged in many mediation efforts and is still doing so which candidly made it a reliable and welcomed mediator in numerous disputes.
The failure of any mediation after reaching an accord is not attributable to the mediator, but to parties themselves, and any success or failure after accord is primarily the responsibility of parties to the conflict, whilst the role of mediator is to solely guide parties to the agreement to the path of conflict settlement, he noted.
HE Dr. Mutlaq bin Majed Al Qahtani pointed to “external challenges” that sometimes negotiations encounter, represented in derailing the negotiations by some external parties.
His Excellency underlined that the State of Qatar works within the framework of regional and international partnership while engaging all relevant parties to attain a regional and international consensus, which ensures success and sustainability of mediation.
He outlined that the diplomatic efforts the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pursuing at mediation level to resolve disputes are not private, but rather a collective effort through engaging many entities within the framework of an integrated system with the engagement of civil society organizations, cultural, humanitarian and development institutions, as well as efforts in the field of dialogue among civilizations, interfaith dialogue and intercultural dialogue to which Qatar gives a specially priority.
Such an integrated vision comes within the framework of utilizing soft diplomacy, and stems from Qatar’s belief in the importance of addressing the root causes of conflicts whether they are cultural, religious, development, security or economic, Dr. Al Qahtani added.
He pointed to some concerned Qatari international institutions that are meant to engage in this field, such as Education Above All Foundation which is concerned with supporting education in the world, Doha-based Silatech organization which engages in capacity development and empowerment of young people’s abilities in the regions labor market, Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD), alongside relevant humanitarian institutions, centers and committees specialized in dialogue among civilizations, intercultural dialogue, and interfaith dialogue.
HE Dr. Mutlaq bin Majed Al Qahtani touched on several crises that have been resolved through Qatari mediation, whether at the level of nations or political entities and groups, as well as the current efforts in some regional and international files.
He stressed that the State of Qatar supports and encourages all endeavors of some parties to stop conflicts and resolve the current crises in the region and worldwide; affirming that the objective is to promote peace, stability and development and not scrambling for mediation role.
Commenting on Afghanistan’s file, His Excellency asserted that the State of Qatar continues mediation efforts to achieve aspirations of Afghan people in peace, stability, and development.
The Afghan file is one of the most important files in the international arena, and all bear witness to the State of Qatar and to what it has accomplished at the political and humanitarian levels. Qatar’s endeavors for mediation succeeded and were culminated in the signing of the Doha Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan on Feb. 29, 2020, between the United States of America and Taliban that was approved by the UN Security Council, Dr. Al Qahtani outlined.
The suitable option for the status quo in Afghanistan is to revitalize Doha agreement between the United States and Taliban with the two parties commitment to its contents, he continued.
On many occasions, Qatar proposed to develop a perception to revive Doha agreement, along with an international mechanism to monitor its implementation, and to have a complementary role for the Islamic countries which can work in lockstep with the concerned parties to achieve stability, welfare and security for the Afghan people in the economic, cultural, humanitarian and security fields, he added.
He recalled that the situation in Afghanistan is neither related to Taliban alone, nor recognition or non-recognition of Taliban, rather to 40 million Afghan people and support them to realize their aspirations to stability, peace, and development, in addition to countering terrorism, because this will be in the interest of Afghan people and the world.
The international community is supposed to have different orientation in handling Afghanistan’s file, and Qatar is determined to pursue efforts in urging regional and international partners to have an evident and overarching policy towards such a file, he said.
In conclusion of his remarks to QNA, HE Ambassador Dr. Mutlaq bin Majed Al Qahtani asserted that the State of Qatar will pursue its active policies in good endeavors and mediate in conflict resolution and dispute settlement through peaceful means, based on the vision of its wise leadership, as inevitable approach and strategy that would consolidate peace and security worldwide, promote Qatar’s international stature and safeguard its extended interests and relationship, as well as its deep partnerships with the United Nations and the entire international community.
Source: Qatar News Agency