HE Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani met at his Amiri Diwan office on Tuesday with HE Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa Dr. Naledi Pandor, who is visiting the country.
During the meeting, they discussed the latest development in the Gaza Strip and the occupied Palestinian territories.
During the meeting, His Excellency stressed the necessity for consolidating the regional and international diplomatic efforts to reach an immediate ceasefire and permanently open the Rafah crossing to ensure the flow of relief convoys and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian brethren besieged in the Gaza Strip, expressing the State of Qatar’s profound concern regarding the catastrophic deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Strip.
His Excellency stressed the State of Qatar’s categorical rejection of the repeated crimes of the Israeli occupation forces by targeting civilian objects, including hospitals, schools, and population centers in the Gaza Strip, considering it a dangerous escalation that portends dire consequences for the security and stability of the region.
His Excellency also underscored the continued efforts of the State of Qatar to mediate the release of hostages, noting that the continued bombing doubles the humanitarian catastrophe in the Strip and complicates the efforts being made.
His Excellency expressed the State of Qatar’s gratitude for the historical stance of the Republic of South Africa in support of the fraternal Palestinian people, its constant emphasis on the necessity of achieving their legitimate rights, and its current stance calling for lifting the siege on the Gaza Strip, protecting civilians, and an immediate ceasefire.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The State of Qatar.