Shura Council Welcomes Successful Qatari Mediation Efforts to Enter Medicine into Gaza

22 January 2024

The Shura Council held on Monday its ordinary weekly session at Tamim bin Hamad Hall at the Council's headquarters, under the chairmanship of HE Speaker of the Shura Council Hassan bin Abdullah Al Ghanim.

At the outset of the meeting, the Council welcomed the successful Qatari mediation efforts between Hamas and Israel to enter medicine and humanitarian aid shipment to the civilians into the Gaza Strip.

In this regard, the Council commended the position of the State of Qatar, led by HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, towards the Palestinian issue and its efforts to support the brothers in Palestine, particularly in the Gaza Strip, and its diligent efforts in accordance with the directives of the wise leadership to promote international peace and security.

During the session, the Shura Council reviewed the response of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to the proposal submitted by the Council, related to the topic of inflation, high costs of living, and increasing financial burdens on citizens, and decided to refer it to the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee to study it and provide the Council with its conclusions.

The Shura Council had discussed in previous sessions the aforementioned topic and concluded by submitting a proposal with the Councils views on the subject in question, at the request of the esteemed government.

The proposal included a number of themes that would contribute to reducing the effects of inflation, address the problem of high prices of consumer goods, and provide realistic scenarios for addressing the high operational cost of goods and services, including preventing monopoly, increasing the places allocated for commercial activities, supporting basic goods and materials, and supporting the national product to increase production in the local market, review duties and tax policies, and raise awareness of the important role of the merchant and consumer in this aspect.

The Council also reviewed a draft law to repeal Law No. (2) of 1991 regarding imposing a fee for issuing certificates from the Ministry of Interior and its affiliated agencies, and Law No. (7) of 1991 regarding imposing a fee for issuing certificates from the Ministry of Defense, which was assigned to it by the esteemed government, and decided referring it to the Internal and External Affairs Committee for study and submitting its report thereon to it.

On the other hand, the Council approved a request to extend the work of the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee to study a draft law on public and private state property.

The Shura Council also reviewed a report on its participation in the Science for Peace Parliamentary Meeting, which was held in the Republic of Vietnam last September under the title "Water Security and Insecurity: Rebuilding Peaceful Coexistence with Science." At the conclusion of the session, Speaker of the Shura Council informed Their Excellencies the members about his meeting yesterday with HE President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, who is visiting the country. The meeting discussed the existing bilateral relations between the two friendly countries, in particular those related to parliamentary joint cooperation and ways to enhance and develop it.