Doha, 23 January 2024(TDI): In a significant development, the State of Qatar participated in the general debate meeting of the Third South Summit held in Uganda’s capital, Kampala.
During the Third South Summit held in Uganda, Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, represented Qatar at the summit.
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi, addressed the conference, highlighting the Palestinian struggle and the atrocities they have been facing.
During his speech, he emphasized that since the events of October 7, the brotherly Palestinian people have been subjected to an unthinkable assault.
He reiterated Qatar’s participation in the Third South Summit in Uganda and its unwavering support for the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, advocating for their establishment of an independent state on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Furthermore, he stressed the importance of Palestinians achieving all their freedoms. Also, he emphasized that “this stance serves justice and is grounded in the respect for international law, the United Nations Charter, and relevant global legitimacy resolutions.”
Reportedly, Al Muraikhi stated that “this position is in complete harmony with that of the G77, the Group of 77, an association of developing countries founded on June 15, 1964.
It has steadfastly stood since its creation and undoubtedly represents the stance of the compassionate peoples of the world.”
UNGA President expresses appreciation
According to reports, United Nations General Assembly President Dennis Francis made an additional statement during his participation in the 3rd South Summit: “Honored to address the NAM_Uganda this morning – an opportunity to recommit to shaping a more inclusive & peaceful world.”
In this challenging world, “the pursuit of a human-focused vision can bring us back to a safe, just evolution,” he added.
Additionally, he remarked, “Cooperation & collaboration are the NAM’s founding principles, and within them lie the keys to the challenges we face.”
On top of that, Al Muraikhi reported that the State of Qatar intends to emphasize collaboration among the nations of the South and enhance the work of the Group of 77 and China.
Nevertheless, Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs announced that Qatar will host the 5th United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC5) in March 2023.
This conference is expected to approve the Doha Programme of Implementation on the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2022-2031 (DPoA).
Additionally, he highlighted the Ministerial Meeting on South-South Cooperation, conducted in cooperation with LDC5.
He mentioned Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’s announcement of the State of Qatar’s investment of USD 60 million.
Additionally, USD 10 million has been provided to assist in the implementation of the DPoA for the least developed countries, with the remaining USD 50 million supporting the DPoA’s results and allowing the least developed countries to achieve flexibility and growth.
Qatar’s Ongoing Support for South Countries
In accordance with Al Muraikhi, Qatar remains committed to supporting the economic and humanitarian needs of South countries. The Qatar Endowment for Economic Investment has contributed more than USD 7 billion between 2014 and 2024.
During the summit, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs reminded participants that the G-77 and China will be celebrating their 60th anniversary this year.
Since its inception, the organization has played a vital role in advocating for the interests of developing states at the United Nations, achieving substantial progress in enhancing South-South cooperation.
UNGA President Francis extended congratulations to Uganda for its warm hospitality during the NAM-Uganda and G77 summits, commending the government for orchestrating these events and fostering partnerships and openness.
Al Muraikhi, in turn, underscored Qatar’s commitment to the South, aiming to play a leading role within the group and embodying the principles of cooperation, solidarity, and joint action.