The Committee on International Affairs of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation with great attention listened to the speech of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, at the opening of the 49th regular session of the Consultative Council (Parliament) on November 3 this year. His Highness’s speech also caused a positive resonance in Russian society, which is keenly interested in the affairs of friendly Qatar and considers its population to be a fraternal people.
We would especially like to dwell on the part of the speech regarding the announcement of the holding of elections to the Consultative Council in October 2021 in accordance with the Constitution of the State of Qatar. We warmly welcome and support this decision. We are convinced that the elections will be an important step towards strengthening parliamentarism in Qatar, improving the legal framework, and deepening citizen participation in the legislative process. It is especially gratifying that the development of the statehood of friendly Qatar takes place on the basis of good traditions, which consist in a close connection between the Emir’s government and society, in the continuity of the values of goodness, mercy and mutual assistance.
The greatest respect deserves the fact that the most difficult challenge for all mankind – the spread of the new coronavirus infection COVID-19 – did not become an obstacle to the development of parliamentarism in Qatar. This confirms the ability of Qatar people to withstand even the most difficult historical trials with dignity and emerge victoriously.
Indeed, Qatar’s recent accomplishments are impressive – be it politics, economics, investment, environmental protection, or information and communication technology.
The role of the State of Qatar in regional affairs deserves a separate mention: without Doha, not a single significant issue related to ensuring stability and security in the Near and Middle East, as well as the settlement of local conflicts, is being resolved today.
The Committee on International Affairs of the State Duma of the Russian Federation sincerely hopes for the development and strengthening of inter-parliamentary cooperation between Russia and Qatar. We are open to interaction with the Advisory Council on all numerous issues of the Russia-Qatar agenda. We are confident that not only our peoples but also, in a broader sense, the entire new world architecture of the 21st century that has been formed in these years will benefit from such a partnership.
We wish friendly Qatar and its people health, well-being and prosperity!