The Joint Press Conference of H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani, Premier and Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar with his British counterpart David Cameroon in London|
HE Qatar's Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al Thani Libyan urged Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to step down in order to stop the bloodshed ... HE the Premier and Foreign Minister in a joint press conference with his British counterpart, David Cameron, urged Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Tuesday to step down to halt bloodshed and said that he might only have a few days to negotiate an exit. "We urge Gaddafi and his people to leave," Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim said. "I think this is the only solution to solve this problem as soon as possible. Right now we don't see any indication of that. But this hope which we offer now might not be on the table after a few days. I'm not warning anybody here, but I am trying to stop the bloodshed as soon as possible," HE the Premier and Foreign Minister added.|
HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al-Thani deemed the London Conference as " very important", noting that it came after the Paris conference to demonstrate the solidarity of the international community with Libya. He said its sad to see the intervention in an Arab country of the Arab League with an Arab identity, but the Arab League asked the international community to participate and not to let the Libyans alone ... adding that Gaddafi as we have seen uses all kinds of heavy weapons against the Libyans, HE the Premier and Foreign Minister said.
On fears about the issue of protection of the Libyans in light of the continuing military operations against the Libyan regime HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al Thani said: "We have not discussed this issue, but we would assess the air operations after a period to see if they work effectively to protect Libyan civilians or not ... HE the Premier and Foreign Minister added: the international community have to see what measures should be taken in this regard" noting that we are not talking about ground military operations , but we must assess the situation and we cannot let people suffer for a long time, the bloodshed must stop ... but we are in the early days and would like to assess the situation later, he said.
On the issue of extremism, HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister said that part of this sort of thing happens because of the way we deal with people in the Middle East and another part occurs through leaderships in the Middle East because they love to stick to power. HE the Premier and Foreign Minister added: We must look to the Muslim Brotherhood right-wing or left-wing if they have a role to play and look to democracy .. "If we want to talk deeply to why this is happening, this is our fault and therefore we should not be afraid, but we must tackle our mistakes, and everyone decides exactly what he wants" .
About the pressure on Gadhafi politically, HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister said: When we went to the Arab League by a large majority, except for one country, we have decided to go to the Security Council and ask for No Fly Zone and I think that the Arab role was not that great at the moment, but there are some Arab countries directly involved and some of them participate in the conference today and hope that the role is increasing and the Arab League will have a mechanism in the future to avoid these things and problems .. As for us in Qatar, we have joined the international community, HE the Premier and Foreign Minister said ..
On Qatar playing any diplomatic role among the Arab countries to attract them to these operations, HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al- Thani said as for participation of the Arabs some of them took part in the London meeting, here today ... and I say that we are not trying to push the others to participate but we have our belief that we have to take part from the first day and there was a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council which called for the No Fly Zone and then we went to the Arab League and the Security Council and participated in the Paris Conference and today in London Conference, he added ... HE the Premier and Foreign Minister stressed that the international community would not let Qadhafi to kill his people, and for us we see it is a shame that we stand aside and say this is not our concern, this is an Arab problem, he said, and I think that Arab participation should be more serious, but I'm happy that there are Arab countries participating in this coalition, and that there is an international community that contributes to this endeavor and to our relationship with NATO.