Statement by H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor|
Al Thani, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, to Reporters upon His Arrival in the State of Kuwait on Tuesday, 30 May 2006
Qatar's First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani, has said he is carrying a letter from H.H. the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, to Emir of Kuwait H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jabir Al Sabah dealing with fraternal bilateral relations and the latest developments in the region.|
In a statement to reporters upon arrival at Kuwait International Airport for a short visit to Kuwait, H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani said his current visit falls within the context of constant consultations on issues of mutual interest to the two countries as well as the latest developments in the region.
Asked about the Iranian nuclear program, His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani said: "We welcome any Iranian-GCC dialogue that we believe to be very fruitful. Iran is a neighbor of GCC countries and a key country. We in Qatar are keen to have distinguished relations with Iran. The current crisis can only be resolved by peaceful means without reference to any other thing, because we believe the region cannot endure other crises."
On the arms race in the region and declaring the region free from WMDs, he said that to declare the Middle East, including Israel and any other country, free from nuclear weapons is a clear demand. However, Iran has announced that its program is peaceful and is designed to produce energy. On this assumption we hope that there is no misunderstanding and this should be clear to all. The issue now is with the United Nations, hence, GCC countries are keen to maintain peace and security in the region