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Cabinet Holds Weekly Meeting

Doha, October 06 (QNA) - HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani chaired the Cabinet's regular meeting held at its seat at the Amiri Diwan on Wednesday.

Following the meeting, HE Minister of Municipality and Environment and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaei issued the following statement:

At the outset of the meeting, the Cabinet praised the success of the Shura Council elections, which was characterized by integrity, transparency and good organization, and the high patriotic spirit that prevailed, which reflected the Qatari people's awareness and understanding of their national responsibilities and duties.

The Cabinet affirmed that Qatar's first Shura Council elections is a historic achievement for the rational policy of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and his wise vision, as well as his keenness to enhance popular participation in the process of legislation and oversight, which embodies His Highness' confidence in the loyal Qatari people and their ability to exercise their constitutional rights with the highest levels of awareness and national responsibility.

The Council congratulated the elected members of the Shura Council and wished them success in performing their duties and responsibilities. It also expressed aspiration for close, fruitful and constructive cooperation between the government and the Council in everything that would serve the country and the citizen.

The Cabinet also reiterated the State of Qatar's solidarity with the Sultanate of Oman and supports its efforts to confront the repercussions of Hurricane Shaheen, which hit some regions of the Sultanate, further expressing its sincere condolences and sympathy to the government, the brotherly Omani people and the families of the victims of the hurricane, and wished a speedy recovery for the injured.

Then, the Cabinet was briefed by HE Minister of Public Health on the latest developments and efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. The Cabinet affirmed the continuation of work with the procedures and precautionary measures that have been taken in order to combat this pandemic.

The Cabinet considered the topics listed on its agenda as follows:

First - Approval of a draft decision of the Minister of Interior to amend some provisions of Resolution No. 51 of 2016 on the formation of Migrant Workers Exit Permit Grievances Committee.

Second - Approval of a draft decision of the Minister of Municipality and Environment amending some provisions of the executive regulations of Law No. 30 of 2002 Promulgating the Law of the Environment Protection.

The draft decision aims to regulate the establishment, installation and operation of stations for continuous monitoring of the quality of marine water, the requirements and technical specifications, and to link these stations with the national network for monitoring the quality of marine water in the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.

Third - the Cabinet reviewed the following two issues and took the appropriate decision:

1- The reports of the Permanent Water Resources Committee on its work during the period from 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021.

The Permanent Water Resources Committee indicated that it discussed a number of topics related to the groundwater axis, the treated wastewater axis, the desalinated water axis, and the axis of the policies, strategy and regulations of the country's water resources, and appropriate recommendations were taken regarding them.

2- Results of the International Conference for the Recovery of Stolen Funds, held in Baghdad in Sept. 2021.

The State of Qatar participated in the conference with a delegation headed by HE Minister of Justice. Among the recommendations issued by the conference are the following:

- Emphasis on the principle of good faith in the implementation of international legal obligations in the field of recovering looted funds, and what is required to return illegally obtained funds and assets to the country requesting recovery.

- The importance of the relevant authorities of the country requesting recovery to study the provisions of the procedural laws relevant to the country that owns the looted funds, and to take them into account while preparing the recovery requests.

- The importance of building trust between the requesting countries and the countries receiving requests for asset recovery, creating a culture of mutual legal assistance for the benefit of the requesting country, and paving the way for the success of international cooperation. (QNA)