Qatar Renews Commitment to Gaza Mediation, Does Not See Political Will to Reach Agreement

Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani at the opening of the Global Security Forum in Qatar, on Monday (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani at the opening of the Global Security Forum in Qatar, on Monday (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Qatar Renews Commitment to Gaza Mediation, Does Not See Political Will to Reach Agreement

Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani at the opening of the Global Security Forum in Qatar, on Monday (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani at the opening of the Global Security Forum in Qatar, on Monday (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Qatar reaffirmed on Monday that it continues to play a mediating role between Israel and Hamas to reach an agreement that leads to a ceasefire in Gaza and the exchange of prisoners.

In parallel, a senior Qatari official pointed to a lack of political will to reach a deal in light of the continuing military operations.

At the opening of the Global Security Forum in Doha on Monday, Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani stressed the adherence to mediation between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement, saying: “Our commitment to mediation to stop wars is not a political commitment, but rather a moral one.”

He added: “The war in Gaza is claiming thousands of lives, which requires international intervention to end it and bring in aid,” pointing to the expansion of the conflict and its impact on supply chains.

The Qatari Prime Minister went on to say that new, unconventional conflicts between the great powers put the international order at risk, adding that history has proven that the “cost of any occupation and its consequences are much greater than any return expected by the occupier.”

However, Mohammed Al-Khulaifi, Minister of State in the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that there is no political will to reach a ceasefire agreement in Gaza, in light of the continuation of military operations on the ground. He stressed Qatar’s continued endeavor to bring Israel and Hamas to the negotiating table.

Mediation efforts led by Qatar, Egypt and the United States faltered after an Israeli move to attack the city of Rafah. At the beginning of May, the Emir of Qatar and the Egyptian President stressed, during a phone discussion, the necessity of intensifying mediation efforts in cooperation with all regional and international partners, to end the war in the Gaza Strip and alleviate the suffering of civilians.

Addressing the conference through a video speech, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammad Shiaa Al-Sudani said that the aggression against Gaza threatens the entire region and its peoples.

He added that Iraq will be “the first to contribute to restoring life and reconstruction to Gaza.”



Saudi Leadership Congratulated on Success of Hajj

Muslim pilgrims walk on the second day of the devil stoning ritual, during the annual haj pilgrimage, in Mina, Saudi Arabia, June 17, 2024. (Reuters)
Muslim pilgrims walk on the second day of the devil stoning ritual, during the annual haj pilgrimage, in Mina, Saudi Arabia, June 17, 2024. (Reuters)
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Saudi Leadership Congratulated on Success of Hajj

Muslim pilgrims walk on the second day of the devil stoning ritual, during the annual haj pilgrimage, in Mina, Saudi Arabia, June 17, 2024. (Reuters)
Muslim pilgrims walk on the second day of the devil stoning ritual, during the annual haj pilgrimage, in Mina, Saudi Arabia, June 17, 2024. (Reuters)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz received on Tuesday messages of congratulations from Arab leaders on the success of this year’s Hajj.  

United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa sent King Salman separate cables of congratulations.  

They credited the success of the Hajj to the grace of God Almighty and the generous care of King Salman and his government and its institutions to ensure that pilgrims can perform their rituals in tranquility and safety.  

Sheikh Mishal praised the progress of the expansion work carried out at the Grand Mosque, and the introduction of smart services and technologies at all holy sites to meet the needs of pilgrims and facilitate their performance of the Hajj.  

He praised the significant role of Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Governor of Makkah Region, and Chairman of the Central Hajj Committee Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, and Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz for their tireless efforts and the coordination among all sectors concerned with Hajj affairs.  

He wished Saudi Arabia and its noble people further progress and prosperity under the wise and prudent leadership of King Salman.

Sheikh Mishal also sent a cable of congratulations to Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia.

UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah sent cables of congratulations to King Salman.