HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani has said Qatar intends to host this year a high-level regional meeting to address the brutal crimes committed by the IS group, in co-operation with the Special Adviser and Head of the International Investigation Team to promote accountability for crimes committed by militant group in Iraq.
In a speech at a meeting of the ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat IS in Washington Wednesday, the Minister said Qatar will spare no effort in supporting the brotherly Iraqi people at this stage, underscoring Iraq's ability to overcome the challenges in the reconstruction process, and called on the international community to support the country in its reconstruction efforts.
He stressed that the fight against terrorism is a high priority for Qatar, pointing out that Qatar has participated actively in all the activities of the Global Coalition and will continue its efforts at the national, regional and international levels.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman said terrorism remains one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, adding that the success of the Global Coalition in defeating the group in Iraq and Syria reflects the international will to eradicate terrorism.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed that the success in combating IS group and eradicating its ideology can be sustained only by addressing the root causes of terrorism and extremism, ending and preventing armed conflicts, uniting efforts, promoting regional and international co-operation and abiding by the relevant provisions of international law.
The Minister also stressed Qatar's firm position that calls for resolving the Syrian crisis in accordance with the Geneva resolutions and relevant Security Council resolutions and holding war criminals accountable for crimes committed by terrorist groups or those who practiced state terrorism.
He noted that the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters is a very important issue and should be addressed through comprehensive approach and these fighters should be rehabilitated and integrated into their societies within the framework of criminal justice.
Last October, the Minister said, Doha hosted a high-level conference of regional and international experts to discuss ways to address the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters, adding that the conference came out with important recommendations.