‘Facilitator role’ at heart of Qatar’s foreign policy, emir says

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“Our foreign policy aims to bring together different perspectives,” Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani told French news outlet Le Point.

Qatar’s emir told French magazine Le Point in an extensive interview published on Wednesday that bringing together parties with opposing views is central to Qatar’s foreign policy.

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Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani told the news outlet that Qatar “may be a small country, but every country, big or small, plays a role” in world affairs.

“Our foreign policy in Qatar aims to bring together diverse perspectives, help every party that needs it, and play the role of facilitator in the region and elsewhere,” Amir said.

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Qatar played a key role in the United States-brokered peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, hosting several rounds of talks in Doha that began during the administration of former US President Donald Trump.

The Gulf nation was also praised for helping with the evacuation from Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, when the US withdrew after the Taliban’s takeover of the country. Most recently, Qatar hosted indirect talks between the US and Iran in June aimed at restoring the 2015 nuclear deal.

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“Our country also plays an important role in the energy sector,” the Qatari emir said in an interview published in French on Wednesday. “We ship our gas to many customers around the world, from Argentina to Japan.”

Asked whether he agreed with European countries’ decision to sanction Russian energy over the war in Ukraine, the emir said he could not judge. “But we can’t help but look at the problems that are causing the energy shortage in Europe right now,” he said.

“Most importantly, we all suffer from the condition, whether in terms of energy or food. That’s why we need to end this war in Ukraine. We need to find a solution.”

The Amir was asked a range of questions, including how he would describe his relationship with French President Emmanuel Macron, his views on religion and women’s rights, and plans for the upcoming FIFA World Cup that Qatar will host.

“We are the first Arab country to organize such a world event. It is very important for the youth, especially for the people of the Arab world,” Sheikh Tamim said of the World Cup to be held in November and December.

He said that every visitor – regardless of where they come from – will be welcomed. “We hope that these visitors will learn about different cultures, that they will discover the culture of Qatar, and we hope that they will want to come back.”

Credit: www.aljazeera.com /

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