Doha, 10 December 2023(TDI): The 21st Doha Forum, held in Qatar, brought together leaders, government officials, multilateral organizations, private sector executives, research organizations, and policymakers.
Qatar’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, stated in a speech that the country will continue to exert pressure on Israel to end its Gaza conflict.
Additionally, the Prime Minister stated that detainees were returned from Gaza as a result of agreements, not Israel’s military operations, which have murdered over 17,000 Palestinians, mainly individuals, women, and infants.
He stated that Qatar’s efforts, which brought about a humanitarian halt, resulted in the release of 109 captives, 85 Israeli hostages, and 20 laborers.
Prime Minister Qatar’s Acceptance
The Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that Qatar and its allies will continue to fight for the end of the conflict despite facing numerous challenges.
He expressed dissatisfaction with the delay and lack of future initiatives, despite promising to release hostages and end civilian bombardment.
Furthermore, he emphasized the need for the conflict’s two parties to constantly be prepared for such action, expressing regret at not witnessing this willingness in recent days.
PM Al Thani highlighted the initial negotiation challenges, particularly operational issues, and emphasized Qatar’s swift handling of these challenges. He also highlighted the challenges they have faced in the process.
Furthermore, he encouraged the parties to the conflict to trust the process, which was leading to improved humanitarian aid delivery and the release of several hostages.
PM Al Thani believes that the only way to end the war is through discussions, adding that no conflict has ever been concluded through bloodshed in history.
He also stated that the area has frequently backed Israel’s peace efforts, similar to the Arab peace initiative launched by the Arab League and backed by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
A Call for Dialogue and an End to Violence
He went on to say “that several attempts have been made to achieve peace within the solution of two peoples and two states living in peace side by side.”
Additionally, Al Thani stressed the need for a partner in establishing stability, claiming that Israelis haven’t taken the situation seriously and have continued to delay.
He also questioned why governments in the region fail to reconstruct after every conflict, as shown in the last four or five wars in Gaza.
Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani responded to queries regarding the Palestinian issue’s post-war stage, emphasizing the ongoing pattern of attacks.
He underlined the significance of management and the unity of Gaza and the West Bank as one entity and state, stressing that they should be ruled by a single authority that relies on Palestinian consent and acceptance rather than Arab or Israeli agreement or consensus with world powers.
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In this regard, the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs have emphasized during the Doha Forum conference the role of regional countries in supporting the Palestinian people and their Palestinian issue.
The Prime Minister, Al Thani, reiterated the seriousness of this problem by highlighting the lack of regional agreement to deploy peacekeeping forces on Israeli tanks and urging against portraying Palestinians as a population in need of supervision.
In his closing remarks, Qatar’s Prime Minister pointed out the importance of working together to end bloodshed and establish a long-term peace solution that includes a Palestinian state. Despite decades of support for the two-state solution, no reaction has been made.
He mentioned confidence in other perspectives to expand the debate and generate new conflict resolution solutions. He praised attendees and contributors for their efforts and wonderful conversations at the end of the event.