17 January 2023

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs: Gas is Most Secure Source of Energy in Decades to Come

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Davos, January 17 (QNA) - HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani participated on Tuesday in a discussion session on the geopolitical changes in the world, within the framework of the 53rd World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

During the session, His Excellency asserted that gas is the cleanest and the most secure and reliable source of energy, and will remain appropriate and very vital in energy blend for decades to come.

His Excellency said that many policy-makers have unfortunately set extremely ambitious objectives without realizing that such objectives would require time and a substantial amount of investment, then they stopped and most likely did allow investments in the last decade.

HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs added that world countries have experienced energy poverty due to these policies, and unfortunately this has been accelerating due to the war in Ukraine.

The State of Qatar did not pursue the approach of reducing the investment in gas, which allowed it to obtain such an additional expansion, allowing pumping more gas in 2027, specially to Europe, His Excellency pointed out.

HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs said that it is unfair that many developing countries are demanded not to develop their special resources and to be independent in the field of energy, while they are still in need of development, noting that many countries around the world see that rich countries are unfair and are requesting them to stop developing their oil resources.

Regarding the Afghan issue, HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said that the recent procedures undertaken by the Afghan caretaker government were disappointing, adding that communication with all parties in Afghanistan is important because the alternative to dialogue in Afghanistan is a civil war.

His Excellency noted that Afghanistan suffered from war during the past few years, thus we can not expect that the agreement that took place between the US and Taliban will achieve peace in one day or even a year. His Excellency considered that the Afghani dialogue was not conducted properly and that the latest procedures would worsen the situation for the Afghani people, making the international community unable to deal with Afghanistan.

Regarding the conflict in Ukraine, HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs referred to the UN Charter that was adopted by all countries, stressing that no one wishes to see a country use or threaten to use force against another country, we would all rather want to see all countries standing together abiding to the UN charter.

His Excellency added that people in the Middle East have been suffering for decades from all violations of the UN Charter, including the Palestinian cause and the Israeli occupation as well as the Syrian issue. We wish to see the world standing against these violations, because, unfortunately, we still see them unaddressed, which constitutes a big concern to us, especially what is happening now in Palestine as provocative practices of Israel towards Palestinians are still occurring. In Qatar, we would like to see a real stance from our allies towards these provocative practices carried out by the Israeli government, which also applies to the suffering of the Syrian people and others. We truly wish to see an end to the war in Ukraine and we wish to see everyone abide by the UN Charter. We wish to see an end to the suffering of the Ukrainian people as soon as possible, as well as the sufferings of all other peoples of the world. (QNA)


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