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Government Communications Office statement in response to The Times allegations

5 June 2021 The article published by The Times on 4 June 2021, which makes serious and baseless claims about Qatar, is predicated on misleading assertions, factual inaccuracies, and bias. Other media outlets were shown the same falsified information but declined to publish it after determining that it had no factual basis. Despite Qatar engaging with The Times on these issues, they chose to publish falsehoods, in an apparent abandonment of their journalistic responsibilities. The author of the article, Andrew Norfolk, has a well-documented history of promoting Islamophobic sentiment and this article is another milestone in that effort. The UK press regulator IPSO previously ruled that he had ‘distorted’ reports about Muslims and the newspaper has also been challenged by a parliamentary committee over Norfolk’s Islamophobic articles. It is concerning that in such polarized times a journalist with such a track record is allowed free reign to publish in the Times. As has been publicly recognized, Qatar has laws and systems in place to combat and prevent the financing of terrorism and has been recognized as a leader with respect to these efforts. Along with these safeguards, Qatar has championed some of the strictest laws and regulatory framework to combat money laundering. Qatar is absolutely resolute in these comprehensive efforts to ensure that terrorism is not funded anywhere. To that end, Qatar will continue to work with the UK and other international partners to fight global terrorism, undeterred by those who wish to divide us.

Qatar Affirms Determination to Continue Working as Effective International Partner to Prevent Scourge of Terrorism

Doha, June 28 (QNA) - The State of Qatar reiterated condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, wherever it is committed, and whatever its justifications may be, affirming its determination to continue working as an effective international partner to prevent the heinous scourge of terrorism. This came in a pre-recorded speech delivered on Monday by HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani at the opening session of the Second United Nations High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States, as part of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Week. HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs said, "Preventing and countering terrorism are areas that require the highest degree of international coordination and cooperation. In that regard, the United Nations plays a central role in revitalizing multilateral cooperation, as represented by convening this high-level conference. We look forward to this conference contribution in building on and developing the outcome of the First Conference in 2018 and the Virtual Week of last year." "To ensure the effectiveness of our joint efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism, we must work on addressing the root causes of terrorism and to support programs and activities in integrated areas such as education, youth employment and countering extremist discourse. Nevertheless, such steps are not enough as the terrorist threat is a complex and evolving threat, and terrorists continue to exploit technological tools and international and emerging conditions, such as the coronavirus pandemic, to further their activities and attacks," he added.

Qatar Partakes in Ministerial Meeting of Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

Rome, June 28 (QNA) - The State of Qatar participated on Monday morning in the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Rome, Italy. HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani chaired the State of Qatar's delegation to the meeting. At the beginning of his speech to his ministerial counterparts, HE the Foreign Minister thanked HE Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio for hosting the ministerial meeting, and to all Their Excellencies for giving the State of Qatar the opportunity to talk about the joint efforts that have been achieved towards defeating ISIS. His Excellency also welcomed the admission of new members to the coalition, wishing them success, stressing the urgent need to strengthen and expand security cooperation, in addition to increasing capacity-building efforts with countries where ISIS still represents an existing or growing threat. HE the Foreign Minister expressed Qatar's pride in the cooperation between the Member States and their field partners to protect communities affected by extremist organizations. His Excellency also indicated Qatar's commitment to continue working to support efforts to rehabilitate and deport foreign fighters and their family members to their countries of origin, pointing out that they are still at risk of radical influence again. At the end of his speech, HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that the COVID-19 pandemic provided an opportunity to review and re-evaluate strategies and approaches to combating terrorism and extremism, stressing Qatar's firm commitment to the coalition's message and goals.

Reduce Escalation in Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip

HE the Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs highlighted Qatar's diplomatic efforts in coordination with the UN and international community to reduce escalation in Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, stressing the need to protect civilians and adhere to international humanitarian law.

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Minister of State for Energy Affairs: Qatar Partakes in Forming Net Zero Producers Forum

Doha, April 23 (QNA) - HE Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad bin Sherida Al Kaabi said that the State of Qatar, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and Norway, collectively representing 40 percent of global oil and gas production, will come together to form a cooperative forum that will develop pragmatic net zero emission strategies, including methane abatement, advancing the circular carbon economy approach, development and deployment of clean-energy and carbon capture and storage technologies, diversification from reliance on hydrocarbon revenues, and other measures in line with each country's national circumstances. His Excellency added that "the State of Qatar is pleased to be among this distinguished group of signatory nations that will undertake this unique cooperative endeavor to develop net zero emission strategies. We believe that our engagement in this forum is an important mission consistent with, and supported by, our ambition to create a better and more sustainable future for humanity." (QNA)

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