HE Speaker of the Shura Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud renewed the position of the State of Qatar and the Qatari people led by HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani that supported the rights of the Palestinians and all peace efforts within the framework of international legitimacy.
In his speech at the 30th extraordinary conference of Inter-Parliamentary Union (APU) on supporting the Palestinian brothers in their just cause, His Excellency said that the State of Qatar and the Qatari people led by HH the Amir have been and are still supporting the Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza Strip and in the West Bank, and that Qatar did not and will not abandon them out of its belief in their right and in fulfillment of its moral responsibility to stand with the truth and support the oppressed.
He stressed Qatar's support for all peace endeavors, and that it welcomed all efforts made to find solutions to the cause within the framework of international legitimacy and the relevant United Nations resolutions that lead to reaching solutions by the two parties under international and regional auspices.HE the Speaker of the Shura Council affirmed that it is not the right of any regime or entity to act in the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, to relinquish any inch of the occupied land or to impose an unilateral opinion or solution.
He pointed out that the restoration of our rights comes only through the concerted efforts and our full support of the Palestinian people that represents our first steadfast line of defense, especially in the face of what is known as the deal of the century, which is the unilateral American initiative that does not meet the rights of the Palestinian people and is not based on international legitimacy decisions, the Arab peace initiative that have been put forward since 2002, Oslo agreement or any previous agreement or endeavor. He pointed out that what is known as the deal of the century has been rejected by the Palestinian people with all its factions who called on us to stand with them.
His Excellency reaffirmed that the Arab peace initiative laid a set of foundations for peace, and that peace is possible as long as it is just and sustainable - a peace that restores the right of the Palestinian people, guarantees the establishment of an independent state on its land on the borders of June 4, 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital, guarantees the right of return, remunerative compensation for the martyrs, the wounded and the prisoners, and guarantees the release of those who remained in prison.
HE Speaker of the Shura Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud called on the conference's participants to unite all efforts in support of Palestinians in all fields, in order for them not to be at the mercy of the occupying entity that threatens economic measures and to prevent such measures from becoming a collective punishment that exacerbates the economic, health and educational situation in the occupied territories.
He said that they will have no role if they give up solidarity and the values of cooperation and coordination efforts, and support those who defend such values and us.
His Excellency added that today's conference comes in support of the truth and justice regarding persisting attempts and endeavors by the occupying entity and its sponsors to barter the fate of the steadfast Palestinian people, the blood of their martyrs and the suffering of their captives for more than seven decades.
He stated that this cause is facing the last chapter of a series of measures and decisions that flout international legitimacy, laws, agreements, and peace endeavors, along with the continuing injustice of the occupying entity, which continued to escalate, abuse, and multiply the suffering of our brothers in the occupied territories day after day, besides its present actions to expand in the West Bank and Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea, adding that the deprivation of the residents of Jerusalem from participating in the elections is only another form of the current escalation.
The Palestinian people have made enormous sacrifices and reached numerous agreements and understandings with the occupying entity, but this entity does not respect them, Al Mahmoud added.
At the end of his speech, HE expressed his thanks and that of the Shura Council delegation to HM King Abdullah II and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan government, parliament and people for responding to the Palestinian call and for the custodianship of Jerusalem holy sites as well as for the generous hospitality and good reception.
He also expressed his thanks to the Speaker of the Jordanian Parliament and President of Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (APU) Atef Al Tarawneh, and to the APU Secretariat for the kind invitation to participate in this important conference.