NUR-SULTAN: Qatar participated on Tuesday in the sixth ministerial meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA), which is being held in the Kazakh capital of Nur-Sultan.
Qatar’s delegation in the conference was headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.
The Foreign Minister expressed Qatar’s appreciation for CICA’s path during the past 30 years since its establishment at the initiative of First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev as a forum for dialogue and unifying the efforts of a wide group of Asian countries to participate in the activity of establishing security and stability in Asia, and to establish a comprehensive membership network in order to confront the emerging challenges and threats in the region, which are still hotbeds of terrorism and regional conflicts.
He said it is difficult to overestimate the value of CICA’s confidence-building catalogue, which includes a broad concept of stability and security issues in their political, economic, cultural, humanitarian, counter-terrorism and other dimensions that contribute to strengthening multilateral cooperation among member states.
Sheikh Mohammed said: “This meeting is being held under international circumstances and conditions that have become very complex in recent years, as in addition to conflicts, escalating crises and international terrorism around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has posed a new threat and a serious challenge, especially for those living in conflict area.”
He highlighted Qatar’s acknowledgment that multilateral cooperation is the only way to meet the challenges of epidemics, climate change and the environment in general, which is why Qatar has provided assistance to many countries of the world, in order to confront and control the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
This is in addition to its active participation in international efforts in mobilising resources and energies to confront this pandemic and its repercussions.
He also pointed out Qatar’s role in supporting research centres in several countries to reduce the serious negative repercussions of the pandemic, to ensure the efficiency of healthcare, especially in the least developed countries.
He stated Qatar is a reliable partner in achieving peace in the region, as it has played the role of an impartial mediator between various parties of the conflicts, foremost of which is the conclusion of the peace agreement between the US and the Afghan Taliban movement.
He also highlighted Qatar’s continuous efforts to host the Afghan dialogue to achieve the aspirations of the Afghan people and ensure the stability of the region.