Advisor to the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Majed bin Mohammed Al Ansari has underlined that the Qatari diplomacy is based on constants and values that are not subject to negotiation or change, represented in standing with the right, achieving justice, supporting the oppressed, and ensuring the rights of people to self-determination, which earned Qatar a global position as a reliable and active partner in the international arena, and ensured the continuity and stability of its foreign policy and its positive interaction with its regional and international environment.
In an interview with Qatari daily Al-Sharq published on Wednesday, Dr Al Ansari said that Qatar seeks in its foreign policy to help ensure a minimum level of good governance and achieve stability and prosperity in the region.
This approach outlines the Qatari positions on many issues, on top of which is the Palestinian cause, as the Qatari position is principled and stems from the belief that this is the central issue for the Arab and Islamic nations, and it is not subject to negotiation or bargaining.
He highlighted the success of the Qatari mediation in many crucial files, such as Afghanistan, the Iranian nuclear file, and between the parties in Chad.
He stressed that this success is the result of continuous work and intensive collective efforts carried out by the Qatari diplomacy, based on desire and serious study without prior agendas, which guarantees the success of the political endeavors aimed at achieving peace and security, not only in the region, but in the whole world.
Dr Al Ansari added that Qatar World Cup builds on this achievement rather than being the beginning of achievement, leaving a true legacy for the state on the sports, diplomatic and humanitarian levels, which we are working to implement more effectively.
“There was an affirmation by HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and HH the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, that the World Cup is not a Qatari hosting and championship, rather an occasion to rehabilitate the Arab region and the Islamic world in general on the international level. This region, which the western media and international discourse have always portrayed as a region of backwardness, crises and wars, has been able, through the World Cup in Qatar, to export in a month its culture, values and all that is beautiful in it, through this global event,” Dr Al Ansari said.
“Today, we in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani said, are working to achieve the goal of building on the legacy of this tournament, which cannot be limited to the sports aspect, rather goes beyond to the humanitarian and diplomatic aspects that have been achieved in this tournament,” he stressed, explaining that there are many opportunities to invest in these aspects through marketing, not only for Qatari investments in terms of economy, but also for Qatari thought that is based on the principles and values that form the foundations of the State.
He noted that the positive outcome has been seen through a number of diplomatic visits after the World Cup, noting the efforts of the Qatari embassies in various countries which organized a number of activities to promote the World Cup and introduce the Arab culture more closely through various events. People abroad now refer to Doha when introducing the Arab and Gulf region after the success of the World Cup. This in itself an important legacy that establishes an honorable image of Qatar, its distinguished infrastructure and its hospitable people, he said.
He stressed that the World Cup was a stimulus for the country in general, not only in the field of foreign policy. “I believe that the most important and prominent change is this stimulus that helps us to strengthen the legacy after the World Cup. Today, initiatives are increasing, the volume of foreign work is developing, and our diplomatic relations have become more diversified. However, I cannot really say that this progress is only related to the World Cup, as there is a strategic vision developed many years ago to promote the external work of the State of Qatar under the directives of HH the Amir. A few months before the World Cup, HH the Amir made a very important European tour. Before that, there was a tour in Latin America and another in Asia. All these Amiri tours gave impetus to the Qatari foreign policy,” Dr Al Ansari said.
He indicated that Qatar was subjected, to malicious campaigns on many occasions, and was a victim of false information and misleading media on an international level. However, despite the relentless attempts and sometimes the concerted efforts of countries and institutions, parties and lobbies from different countries, the reality on the ground outweighs the right, especially in light of the cohesion of the Qatari society and its tendency to stand by the right.
He noted that the stereotype greatly affected the way some media outlets dealt with the World Cup before they came to Doha, but upon their arrival in Doha, this negative image was dissipated by the testimonies of international media professionals. This clarity with which Qatar dealt with international media campaigns, and showing the true face on the ground and not by exaggerating any achievement, proved in the end that the best way to resist this kind of campaign is to succeed and prove the truth in reality.
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