Qatar’s embassies and diplomatic missions marked the National Day, which is celebrated on December 18 of every year, in commemoration of the state’s founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohamed bin Thani, under the theme “as long as it was proven by our deeds…Qatar Will Remain Free.”
Their Excellencies, Heads of Diplomatic, Consular and Representative Missions of the State of Qatar abroad, extended greetings and congratulations to Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Father Amir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and the Qatari people on this precious occasion, wishing the State of Qatar further progress and prosperity.
In Paris, Qatar’s ambassador to the French Republic Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, held a reception on the occasion of the National Day of the State. The ceremony was attended by a number of political and economic figures, heads of major companies, a number of parliamentarians and senior officials of the Presidency of the Republic (Elysee), the Presidency of the Government,
Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Economy, Finance and Defence, a number of ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions accredited to the French Republic and Unesco, in addition to the senior officers of the French army, police and gendarmerie.
A number of intellectuals, academics, university professors, researchers, journalists, athletes, French, Arab and foreign artists, as well as Qatari students and military personnel who attend military studies and studies at French universities, institutes and schools, also attended the event.
The ceremony included screening of a documentary film about the stages of the Renaissance in Qatar and the achievements made in all fields, besides a number of cultural and heritage events that reflected the history and heritage of the State of Qatar.
In Caracas, the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Rashid bin Mohsen Fetais, held a reception on the occasion of the National Day of the State. The ceremony was attended by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, Deputy Foreign Minister for Middle East Affairs , a number of Venezuelan Foreign Ministry officials and a number of ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Venezuela.
In Athens, the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Greece Abdulaziz Ali Al-Naama held a reception on the occasion of the National Day of the State. The ceremony was attended by Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights of Greece Michailis Kalogirou, Deputy Minister of Economy and Development, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and a large number of directors of departments of the Greek Foreign Ministry as well as representatives of the Greek Air Force, military attaches and the three escorts of the northern Greek Muslim minority, a representative of the Archbishop of Athens and Greece, personalities from the business and civil society community and the diplomatic corps accredited to Greece.
In his speech, the Ambassador stressed that the State of Qatar is based in its foreign and regional policies on the principles of peace, stability and cooperation among peoples and always stands for the peaceful resolution of disputes. Ambassador Al-Naama said that the State of Qatar has been subjected to a conspiracy that has tried to threaten its national independence and sovereignty through an unjust siege. He reiterated that the State of Qatar continues to believe in dialogue to resolve the current Gulf crisis which has not affected Qatar’s economy or policy.
He said that things went contrary to what was planned by the countries of the blockade, as the State of Qatar exceeded the blockade imposed on it and is witnessing a significant increase in foreign and domestic investments in various sectors. The Ambassador stressed the strength of the Greek-Qatari relations and the obvious efforts exerted by the two sides to further consolidate and develop these relations.
Several cultural events were held by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the National Human Rights Committee, Aspire Zone, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. the Ministry of the Interior, Souq Waqif Management, Katara, Qatar Airways, and Ooredoo.
The three-day event featured the Operetta “Story of a Country” under the supervision of Qatar’s Ministry of Culture and Sports . The Ministry of Culture and Sports also participated in various activities, such as handicrafts such as Qlaf, Sadou, Saqar, and Bashoot, as well as popular coffee.
A tent with the features and traditions of the State of Qatar was erected in the square of Sindagma, opposite the Greek Parliament, to host the public. Souq Waqif management also contributed by sending craftsmen of traditional arts , such as tawash, kallaf, gypsum maker, and painters who have exhibited their production to the public.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) showcased models of stadiums that will host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, as well as presenting gifts to visitors. The National Human Rights Committee also held arts exhibition on human rights in Islam, in which it presented examples of the Arabic calligraphy, which published articles adapted from the Islamic heritage, about human rights and respect for his dignity.
In Algiers, the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria Hassan bin Ibrahim Al Malki held a reception on the occasion of Qatar National Day. The ceremony was attended by Minister of Finance of Algeria Abderrahmane Raouya, Minister of Housing, Urbanization and City Abdel Waheed Tammar, Chairperson of the National Council for
Human Rights Fafa Ben Zerrouki Sidi Lakhdar, representatives of the Ministry of National Defense and a number of deputies of the National People’s Assembly and the Council of Nation and a number of ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Algeria.
In his speech, the Ambassador referred to the siege imposed on the State of Qatar and praised Algeria’s position on the Gulf crisis and the outstanding level of cooperation between the State of Qatar and Algeria.
In Tbilisi, Qatar’s Ambassador to Georgia, Mubarak bin Nasser Al Khalifa, held a reception on Qatar National Day. The ceremony was attended by Georgian officials, members of the Georgian Parliament, a number of ambassadors and diplomats accredited to Georgia, businessmen, journalists, academics and prominent Georgian figures.
In Santo Domingo, the Acting Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of the State of Qatar in the Dominican Republic Yagoub bin Yusuf Al Mulla held a reception on the occasion of QND.
The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Industry and Trade representing the Dominican Government, Raphael Milo, Director of Relations with Africa and the Middle East Raphael M. representing the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Heads of Diplomatic Delegations accredited to the Dominican Republic and a number of political, party, community, media, artistic and cultural figures.
In Mbaban, the Acting Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the State of Qatar to the Kingdom of Eswatini held a reception on the occasion of Qatar National Day. The ceremony was attended by a number of officials of the Kingdom’s government and a number of Ambassadors accredited to Eswatini.
In Valletta, the Acting Charge d’affaires of the State of Qatar to the Republic of Malta, Abdullah bin Khalid Al-Durham, held a reception on the occasion of QND. The ceremony was attended by the President of the Republic of Malta Marie Louise Coleiro Preca; H E Minister of Finance Edward Scicluna , a number of government officials, political and military leaders, heads of Arab and foreign diplomatic missions accredited to the Republic of Malta and community figures.
At the ceremony, the President of the Republic of Malta congratulated Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and the Qatari government and people on this occasion and praised the distinguished bilateral relations between the two countries. Her Excellency stressed the importance of cultural diplomacy and the need to work on further support, and stressed the role of tourism in promoting communication between individuals and the establishment of cultural exchange.