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Speech of H.E. Ahmed Bin Abdallah Bin Zaid Al-Mahmoud Speaker of the Shura Council at the Opening of the 48th Advisory Council Session

05 November 2019





 

The Shura Council shares His Highness the Amir’s views on all the regional and international issues and the issues of the nation at the forefront is the Palestinian cause and the right of the Palestinian people to be free from the occupation and siege and to establish their independent state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. The unjust blockade imposed on the country revealed to the Qatari people and to everyone the magnitude of the conspiracy targeting Qatar in its security, stability and sovereignty The Shura Council also commends His Highness the Amir’s vision to resolve the dispute through unconditional dialogue based on mutual respect and lifting the blockade

HE the Speaker of the Shura Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud praised the speech delivered by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani at the opening of the 48th ordinary session of the Shura Council on Tuesday.

Your Highness, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the beloved Emir of the State of Qatar

H. H. the Father Amir. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani,

Your Excellencies, Sheikhs, Ministers and Ambassadors

Ladies and gentlemen,

May, Allah's peace and mercy be upon you,

I and my brothers and sisters, members of the Shura Council are pleased to welcome Your Highness in the Council on this blessed day, whereon the Council celebrates to mark the inauguration of a new session in its and to extend to you our deep gratitude and appreciation for your kind inauguration of the Forty-seventh Ordinary Session of the Council, marking a new chapter by which the Council realizes its new achievements by the grace of Allah the Almighty and in the light of your vision, guidance, and by your continued support, and the united efforts of the true-hearted Qatari peopleIn his speech at the opening of the 48th session, the Speaker said that Council welcomes His Highness the Amir, which marks the inauguration of the new ordinary session of the Council by which the Council seeks new achievements by the grace of Allah the Almighty and in the light of His Highness the Emir’s vision and wise guidance.

With great interest and appreciation we listened  to Your Highness’s sublime speech which covered the country's policy and positions on all internal and external issues and developments, which focused on the homeland and citizens, stability and development at a time when the country is witnessing, despite the blockade and challenges, great achievements in all - political, economic, social and other - fields in the way of meeting the needs of the country, the aspirations of citizens and ensuring the continuation of decent living for its people generation after generation.

We share Your Highness’s views on all regional and international issues and the issues of the nation at the forefront is the Palestinian cause and the right of the Palestinian people to be free from the occupation and siege and to establish their independent state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

We in the Council follow with concern the tensions in the Gulf region at the present time, and see the importance of resolving any dispute through dialogue and adherence to the principles of international humanitarian law. We, in this regard support Your Highness’s proposal to establish a regional security system that preserves the security and stability of the Middle East and the Gulf region in particular.

 

Your Highness,

The unjust blockade imposed on the country revealed to the Qatari people and to everyone the magnitude of the conspiracy targeting Qatar in its security, stability and sovereignty. The crisis has renewed loyalty, cohesion, and national spirit in Qatar, and promoted positive aspects in the face of attempts by the blockade countries to hijack the independent Qatari decision and impose unjust conditions on Qatar. In His Highness’s recent speech at the United Nations you were right when you said that “from the first days of the imposition of the blockade, I was confident of the steadfastness of the Qatari people and their brothers the expatriates, of surpassing the blockade’s effects, and even of taking advantage of the challenge imposed on us” t Allah’s words are true Who says:” you may hate something which Allah turns into a great blessing”

We in the Shura Council cherish and commend Your Highness’s wise stances and policies, the thoughtful decisions, which you have taken to safeguard the national decision and ensure its independence. And by which you have turned the effects of the blockade into positive achievements. We also commend Your Highness’s vision to settle this dispute through unconditional dialogue based on mutual respect and lifting the blockade,

The self-restraint approach you followed as well as your balanced handling of the repercussions of the dispute and preventing it from affecting the relationship of the Qatari people with their brothers in the blockading countries, were and still have their human and moral dimensions. We highly appreciate the directives of Your Highness since the beginning of the crisis not to treat the people of the blockading countries as their countries treated the people of Qatar. Thus they found security and safety our country. The people of Qatar and the people of the GCC countries are much interconnected and compassionately related. What you followed is enjoined by Allah the Almighty from above the seven heavens Who Says: “No bearer of burdens shall bear the burdens of another”

We behold with appreciation the continued, sincere efforts of Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait and his keenness to settle this crisis for the good of the region and its people.

Your Highness,

The peoples of the region have always known Qatar as the haven of the oppressed and downtrodden, and its leaders and people are as benevolent, keeping promises, defending the right and as supporters of the oppressed. This blockade and these conspiracies against the country are not new and our history has many lessons and examples of that. Every time our country emerged stronger and better. The fathers and the grandfather stood against them with pride and honour to defend our country and maintain its dignity. We recall in pride and honour the words, may Allah turn his grave into blissful abode. 

“How many gathered afflictions we faced but they didn’t soften our stance

We patiently persevered them and our determination was not shaken and by these values we attained the high positions and upper hand against all challengers.”   

Your Highness, here at I have the honour to say that the loyal people of Qatar who love, respect and loyal to Your Highness always remember with appreciation and pride of His Highness the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani and what he has done and sacrificed in building this country, maintained its sovereignty and independence of its decision, its honor and nobility. We will as long as we are alive, and the coming generations after us continue remembering his advice, may Allah protect him, “Steadfastness on the right and integrity on the path, whatever the circumstances changed” May Allah extend his life and may He reward him for the faithful people of Qatar with best rewards.

Your Highness,

 

Your decision to establish a higher committee to prepare for the Shura Council elections is another achievement under your wise leadership towards building a modern state and consolidating the principle of Shura and the replenishing of the government institutions. We in the Shura Council will remain committed to taking responsibility and achieving the principle of transparency and to work for all that benefits the homeland and citizens. During the last session we worked with accurate balance between the internal issues, that concern the citizens and the country and between the external through parliamentary diplomacy. The Council was able to finalize all the draft laws and decrees received from the esteemed government on various economic, social, cultural and financial issues, some of which were approved, and others recommended to be amended and forwarded its recommendations thereon to the government. The Council also discussed a number of proposals and proposal by desire received from a number of Council members on several substantive general topics, especially the issues that concern citizens, including traffic accidents, health and medical services, education, land and marine environment, and achieving the National Food Security Program. The Council also discussed these issues with Their Excellencies the concerned ministers, exchanged views with them and responded to queries of the members and reports thereon were forwarded to the government and were and the necessary actions were taken regarding them.

We are aware of the extent to which citizens attach great importance to the Council's work, the goal of the Council has been to increase communication with citizens, whether through the Council's official website, which applies the highest international standards for digital access and ease of access to information for people with disabilities, or through communication through other media. The Council has received a number of proposals through the website from citizens and took the necessary action, thanking the citizens for their opinions and appreciating their constructive proposals and their interaction with the issues raised by the Council.

 

Your Highness,

 

The Council has continued its efforts in the field of parliamentary diplomacy by strengthening relations with nations, defending the issues concerning our country, explaining its policies and positions and confronting conspiracies against them. The Council carried out a number of activities and participated in numerous regional and international parliamentary conferences and signed a number of memorandums of understanding (MoU) with regional and international parliamentary organizations and parliaments of a number of friendly countries on parliamentary co-operation. The Qatari parliamentary friendship groups, established with parliaments of sisterly and friendly countries, worked during the session and met with their counterparts in other parliamentary assemblies. The Council also hosted the meetings of the Governing Council and the 140th General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the related meetings in Doha in April 2019, which represented an opportunity for the IPU and its members to renew their confidence in the leadership of the Your Highness, in Qatar’s position in the international community and their position in rejecting the blockade. The conference was one of the most successful conferences held in the history of the IPU conferences in number and level of attendance, which was hailed by the parliamentary community for its success, most recently in the meeting of Presidents of European and Asian Parliaments in Kazakhstan. The Council will host the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) on December 9-10, which once again reflects the respect of the international community for Qatar and its confidence in the wise leadership and policy of Your Highness the on fighting corruption, the scourge and evil threatening nations and countries.

Your Highness,

 

Today while we recall the outcome of the Shura work, we than Allah for that, and we reaffirm that this does not mean our full satisfaction with what the Council has accomplished but its an incentive to give better to serve the country and its people under your leadership, may Allah protect you. Here I take the opportunity to thank appreciate the work of each Council member for his hard work in plenary meetings and in the various meetings and activities of the committees. The efforts left the best effect.

Your Highness the achievements of the Council wouldn't be possible without the wise leadership, guidance and support of Your Highness and the response of the esteemed government response to the Council's recommendations and decisions. As well we reiterate the thanks and appreciation to H.E. the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani and the ministers for the spirit of cooperation the demonstrated.

Your Highness,

 

We renew the allegiance and loyalty to Your Highness as Emir, and a leader for country, confirming to Your Highness our determination to redouble the efforts for development of the country and the honoured citizens.

We implore Allah the Almighty, to grant us success, to help us shoulder the trust and to bestow on our country, under Your leadership, the continuity of the peace, security, progress and nobility.

My Allah protect you and lead your steps to path of goodness.

May Allah’s peace and mercy be upon you.