HE Qatar's Attorney General Meets U.S. Counterpart

His Excellency Attorney General of the State of Qatar Dr. Ali bin Fetais Al-Marri met with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Washington, DC on Thursday April 31. They exchanged views on issues of joint interest. His Excellency Ambassador Mohammed Al-Kuwari attended the meeting along with the delegation accompanying Attorney General Al-Marri.

Government of Qatar Response to Amnesty International Report

The Government of Qatar considers the welfare of our guest workers a top priority and is committed to the ongoing, systematic reform of Qatar’s labour laws. Our goal is to create a legacy of improved conditions for workers in Qatar and to set the standard for both labour rights and human rights in the Gulf region. We acknowledge the progress that has been made by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. To that end, we are well aware that our efforts are a work-in-progress, and we welcome the efforts Amnesty and other NGOs are making to help us identify areas for further improvement. Though many of the points raised by Amnesty have already been addressed through recent legislative changes, we are concerned by a number of allegations contained within the report. The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs intends to investigate the contractors named in the report.

Qatar’s Attorney General Meets Assistant to U.S. President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Secretary

His Excellency Attorney General Dr. Ali bin Fetais Al-Marri met separately the assistant to the U.S. President Lisa Monaco and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, in Washington DC. During the meetings, they discussed a range of shared homeland security-related issues, including aviation security and counterterrorism cooperation. The meetings were attended by His Excellency Qatar's Ambassador to the United States Mohamed Al-Kuwari.

HH the Emir Condoles with King of Belgium

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has sent a cable of condolences to King Philippe of Belgium on the victims of the criminal bombings which occurred in the capital Brussels today. H.H. the Amir expressed strong condemnation of such despicable acts of terrorism, which represent a violation of all heavenly religions, moral values and human principles. H.H. the Amir reiterated Qatar's rejection of violence and terrorism in all their forms and manifestations, whatever its motives and causes. H.H. the Amir also expressed his heartfelt condolences to the King of Belgium and to the families of the victims and the friendly Belgian people , and wished a speedy recovery for the injured.(QNA)

Qatar Condemns Brussels Explosions

The State of Qatar condemned and denounced the explosions that occurred on Tuesday morning in Brussels, Belgium. In a statement issued today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that criminal bombings oppose human values and principles and aim to terrorize unsuspecting innocent bystanders and destabilize international peace and security.

U.S. Delegation Meets His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Qatar’s Prime Minister and Interior Minister

Qatar hosted a bipartisan congressional delegation led by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). In Qatar, the senators met with His Highness the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, where they discussed the importance of U.S. security relationships with the Arab Gulf, including joint efforts to counter ISIL and deter Iran from destabilizing the region, particularly after its recent ballistic missile tests in defiance of U.N. Security Council Resolutions.