03 Mar Qatar stresses commitment to global peace and security efforts
Qatar has reiterated its commitment to global peace and security efforts via the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.
Heading up Qatar’s efforts was Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) H E Dr. Ahmed bin Hassan Al Hammadi.
In the statement of Qatar, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed Qatar’s keenness to achieve international peace and security. The nation also confirmed it will continue to participate in international forums concerned with disarmament issues, and to join relevant international conventions and treaties. Most notable of these are the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the Biological Weapons Convention, and the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and the Convention on Nuclear Safety.
In the conference, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also stated that Qatar is looking forward to holding the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The review had previously been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had significant delays in helping to establish a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. The delays from the pandemic have also hampered efforts to achieve peace and security. The delay also affects the credibility of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, especially in light of the existing regional and international tensions.
The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “Qatar believes that the Conference on Disarmament remains the only multilateral negotiating body on disarmament, and we believe, with many countries, that the Conference should review the expansion of its membership in accordance with the internal rules.”
He affirmed Qatar’s desire to join the Conference on Disarmament as a member state, hoping that the member states of the Conference would take a step forward in this matter.
He also stressed the importance of the commitment to work with the international community for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. His hopes were that this will help to achieve regional and international peace and security.