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Qatar discusses ways to maintain calm in Palestine with UN officials

May 24, 2023 at 8:36 am

Qatari Ambassador Mohamed Al-Emadi holds a press conference in Al-Shifa Hospital, Gaza on February 19, 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

A Qatari ambassador has discussed ways to maintain calm in the occupied Palestinian territories with the top UN official in the region, Qatar’s Foreign Ministry reported on Tuesday.

The Chairman of Qatar’s Gaza Reconstruction Committee, Mohammed Al-Emadi, met with UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland on Monday at the Committee’s headquarters in Gaza.

“Ambassador Al-Emadi and Wennesland discussed the developments in the humanitarian and field conditions in the Palestinian territories,” said the ministry. “They both stressed the continuation of the efforts of the State of Qatar to calm the situation and stand by the Palestinian people.”

Also on the agenda were ways for joint cooperation to avoid the deterioration of the situation in the field; ways to maintain calm in the region; and mechanisms for an immediate halt to any provocative measures that might drag the region towards escalation.”

Al Emadi arrived in Gaza on Saturday and has since been holding meetings with different sides. He announced a specific timetable for his visit.

Earlier this month, Israel launched a five-day military offensive against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip that killed 33 people, including six children and three women. Qatar, the UN and Egypt brokered indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinian resistance groups to end the offensive.

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