Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Affirms Qatar Attaches Great Importance to Building Comprehensive State

HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi said that the State of Qatar pays great attention to building a comprehensive state for many years, by working hard to develop its educational, economic, social and cultural policies and directing them towards building a state based on citizenship rights for all its citizens and non-discrimination among them, as well as pushing for more comprehensive development and strengthening the bonds of social integration among all members of society and its different groups.

Speak at a panel titled “Moving Towards Inclusive State Building” at the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF), HE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said that all of this was strengthened with the beginning of the crisis of the unjust blockade on the State of Qatar, and the standing of the entire Qatari people as one hand in facing the challenges imposed by the blockade an all levels.

He added that it is well known that the State plays a major and important role in achieving the concept of inclusion in societies, whether in the fields of economy and development or in the field of political participation and decision-making, pointing out that the basic idea of the concept of inclusion is based on the need to involve all members of society in the process of building and actively participating equally in the public space, including the integration of persons who may be excluded or marginalized for various reasons, such as women, minorities and persons with special needs.

HE Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi stressed the importance of public policies in the building of a comprehensive state, social integration and citizenship, as the state is the most important actor in society and the most capable of playing a pivotal role in this process through the great potential and the material and moral authority that it has.

HE said that public policies work to achieve the goals of inclusion through a number of tools available to the State, such as education, media, political participation, social welfare programs, cultural programs, economic and development policies and other areas that enable the State to empower the society, with all its categories, to get all its rights, build a Citizenship State, and achieve the values of equality and solidarity among all members.

HE pointed out that a pattern has been established during the past decades in a large number of the third world countries in particular, based on “discrimination and exclusion” as a tool of governance by a dominant political and economic elite, working to dismantle society and its ties, isolate groups of the population, systematically discriminate between citizens use political sectarianism based on race, religion, or language as a tool of governance and domination.

HE also noted that after decades of these practices that are contrary to the concept of universality, citizenship and integration, most of these countries failed and collapsed, and their disastrous effects still exist today, as is the case in a number of countries.

HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs expressed thanks and appreciation for the efforts of those in charge of this Forum, stressing that the State of Qatar looks forward to continuing cooperation and coordination with Member States in the forum to achieve more common gains for countries and peoples.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs