HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani chaired yesterday the Cabinet’s regular meeting held at its seat at the Amiri Diwan.
Following the meeting, HE the Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr Issa Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi said: At the outset of the meeting, the Cabinet condemned the Israeli government’s decision to build thousands of new settlement units in the occupied West Bank, challenging international law, particularly UN Security Council Resolution No 2334 issued on December 23, 2016.
The Cabinet called on the international community to move swiftly and decisively to stop Israeli settlement activity in occupied Palestinian land, given it is the greatest challenge facing peace, and a great undermining of the two-state solution. It reiterated Qatar’s firm position of supporting the rights of the Palestinian people, led by their right to establish an independent state on the borders of 1967 with East Al Quds as its capital.
Afterwards, the Cabinet was briefed by HE the Minister of Public Health Dr Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari on the latest developments in the efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). It stressed on the importance of precautionary measures in combating the epidemic.
The Cabinet then was briefed on the strategy to combat money laundering, financing terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction for 2020 to 2025, which reflects the intensive efforts of national authorities in recent years to protect the financial system of Qatar and the world.
The strategy will serve as a roadmap to achieve the state’s ambition of becoming a leader in combating these crimes.
The national strategy is focused on limiting threats related to money laundering and financing of terrorism, in addition to enhancing the capabilities in dealing with the challenges discovered during the national risk assessment process.
The strategy’s goals are:
* Continue investigating local and international financial flow at a strategic level in order to limit related risks.
* Combating illegal financing through investigation, prosecutions, and confiscating the crime’s proceeds.
* Combating illegal financing through effective regulation.
* Enhancing transparency.
* Enhancing the collection and analysis of statistics at a national level.
* Enhancing the capabilities of national authorities in combating illegal financing.
The Cabinet directed the authorities designated with combating money laundering, terrorism financing, and financing of weapons of mass destruction, to implement the strategy in order to protect the integrity and safety of the national financial system, which would in turn enhance economic growth by implementing the best international practices in the field.
The Cabinet then reviewed the following issues and took the appropriate decisions in their regard:
1- The sixth report on the work of the Co-ordination Committee between the entities working at Hamad International Airport from April 1 to Sept 30 of 2020.
This committee, established in the General Authority of Civil Aviation, among other things, is responsible for co-ordinating work between all the entities working at Hamad International Airport, to facilitate the operations and activities of air transport, as well as the movement of aircraft, passengers, goods and mail to and from the state, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, and to provide the necessary requirements to facilitate the work of the airport activities.
2- The results of the meeting held on the sidelines of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, on addressing the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on future generations, (September of 2020 via videoconferencing).