Doha, May 16 (QNA) - Advisor to the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and official spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Majed bin Mohammad Al Ansari underscored the major role undertaken by the State of Qatar in de-escalation, reaching the truce agreement and ceasefire between the Palestinian and Israeli parties.
During the media brief held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, he added that the State of Qatar has received international commendations from the U.S. Department of State, the White House, the United Nations, the General-Secretariat of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) and others for Qatar's diplomatic efforts in accelerating the ceasefire between the two sides.
He pointed out that Qatar acts as mediator by being present in Gaza and communicating with the Palestinian factions there through conveying the messages with the "other side" and coordinating with the United States of America and the active actors.
Regarding the relations between Qatar and Afghanistan, the official spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs outlined that such relations are based on providing support, security and stability to the Afghan people, whilst the mediation role undertaken by Qatar comes within the framework of the frank relations between Qatar, Taliban and the caretaker government which are based on firm and preliminary stances pertaining to the situation in Afghanistan generally, specially the empowerment and prosperity of Afghan people.
The official spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that the State of Qatar had a certain role in operationalizing the Kabul Airport and had efforts to evacuate foreign nationals, and this role has ended, and the caretaker government is currently managing this file, pointing out that the visit of HE Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani to Kabul comes in the context of the State of Qatar's political role in communicating with various parties in addition to facilitating the relations between the caretaker government and the international community and seeking to achieve security and prosperity for the Afghan people.
On the Qatari-Bahraini relations, Dr. Majed bin Mohammad Al Ansari pointed out that the Qatari-Bahraini Follow-up Committee agreed to resume direct flights between the two countries based on the concurrence between the ministries of transport in the two countries, effective from May 25, 2023, adding that the technical teams have completed their works with regard to the buildings of the embassy of the State of Qatar in Bahrain and the embassy of the State of Qatar in the United Arab Emirates which are poised to be opened soon upon the completion of some routine matters related to working cadres and operation crews.
The official spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs talked about the visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany Annalena Baerbock to Doha, saying that it comes within the framework of the multi-lateral relations between the two countries, indicating that a contract has been signed recently to secure the arrival of Qatari energy products to Germany besides economic cooperation, various investments as well as cooperative political relations in many files.
Commenting on the level of the State of Qatar's participation in the Arab summit which is scheduled to be convened in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Al Ansari noted the participation of HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi in the meeting of Arab Ministers of Foreign Affairs, underscoring the State of Qatar's permanent keenness to participate at the highest levels in such summits to stress the cooperation ties with the Arab brothers.
About the Lebanese affairs, he said that currently there is no meeting on Lebanon in Doha, adding that the Qatari role in the convergence of views is continuing, and the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs is communicating with different parties and continues its positive role in coordination with regional and international parties.
On the Qatari assistance provided to Sudan, Dr. Majed Al Ansari indicated that the State of Qatar continues to provide humanitarian and medical aid, in addition to evacuating hundreds of Sudanese people through the air bridge between Doha and Port Sudan, pointing out that about 162 tons of aid were provided, and 1019 of Qatari ID holders were evacuated.
Advisor to the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and official spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Majed bin Mohammad Al Ansari discussed the activity of the Ministry and its officials during the last week including their efforts in developing and promoting bilateral relations with several brotherly and friendly countries.