Speech of the Ambassador on the National Day of the State of Qatar
It is a great honor to celebrate this precious and cherished national occasion, where our country commemorates its National Day, when the founder Sheikh Jassem bin Mohammed Al Thani, in December 18, 1878, has planted the seed to establish a modern sovereign state and an entity based on dignity, authenticity and belonging, a day immortal and dear to all Qataris. This day remains imperishable and cherished in the hearts of all Qataris.
On this blessed day, I extend my most sincere congratulations to His Highness Sheikh/ Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar – “may God protect him”- , the Father Emir Sheikh/ Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani – “May God protect him”-, and also to His Highness Sheikh/Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Deputy Emir of the State of Qatar, and His Excellency Sheikh/ Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani, Prime Minister of the State of Qatar, and to all the Qatari people, as well as all residents and expatriates in the beloved State of Qatar, wishing them all good, wellness and blessings.
The celebration takes place this year under a slogan inspired by a poem that expresses the faith of successive generations of Qatari youth. It emphasizes loyalty, solidarity, unity and pride in the national identity of the State of Qatar. A slogan embodies the identity of Qatar and its history, as well as the ideals and hopes on which the state was founded.
The celebration of Qatar’s National Day this year is of particular importance, as it comes amid the challenges of the siege faced by the state since June 2017, and the ability to manage the crisis successfully, due to its rational and wise leadership.
Qatar has witnessed a remarkable development in many ?elds, competing with the ?rst countries of the world. This is evident in being the ?rst country in the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf to host the world’s biggest sporting event in 92 years, the 2022 World Cup.
The State of Qatar believes in the importance of education, training, capacity-building, enhancing employment opportunities for all, and strengthening national economies, af?rming the importance of promoting peaceful dialogue and the values of tolerance, rejection of extremism and terrorism, and discrimination based on race or sect. It established the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue and the Hamad bin Khalifa Islamic Center in Co-penhagen, Denmark, in order to promote peaceful coexistence and ?ght extremism, as well as the peaceful foreign policy of the State based on mutual respect with other countries.
The State of Qatar seeks to achieve its national vision for the year 2030, which focuses on soaring the country’s econo-my to broader horizons, aiming to balance the achievements of economic growth by bene?ting from the development of human and natural resources, a vision that constitutes the economic, social, environmental and human orientation of the State of Qatar in the coming decades.
In September this year, Doha unveiled the logo of the 22nd edition of the 2022 World Cup hosted by Qatar, re?ecting the efforts to organize the biggest football event in the world. Thousands of people watched it on huge screens on the facades of the world’s most prominent countries.
The logo design re?ects the overall dimension of the tournament that includes elements inspired by the Qatari and Arab culture that harmonizes with the components of the football game, as well as the rich diversity that enriches the society in Qatar.
The selection of the wool-en shawl in the design of the logo indicates the time of the tournament, as it will be the ?rst time to be held in November and December.
The logo elements are inspired by different cultures in Asia and celebrates the continent’s hosting of the 22nd edition of the World Cup.
As part of the enhancement of bilateral cooperation relations between the State of Qatar and the Republic of the Philippines, Manila has been selected as one of the ?rst countries to open the Qatar Visa Center, which re?ects the Qatar’s great interest in the Philippines, and its keenness to develop its relations with the Philippines in areas of common interest. The opening of the Qatar Visa Center also af?rms the State’s attention to Filipinos working on its territory, by providing them with a decent life, in recognition of their signi?cant contributions to the renaissance in Qa-tar. The launch of the center last September is an unprecedented achievement in the ?eld of labor relations between the two countries, as a result of Qatar policy to strengthen and enhance relations with the Philippines, and to bond the brotherly ties between the two friendly peoples, leading to a brighter future.
The relations between the State of Qatar and the Republic of the Philippines are characterized by cooperation and coordination on many regional and international issues. The relations between the two countries have witnessed a remarkable positive development during the past period, and a common desire to increase and strengthen cooperation between the two countries, pursu-ant to the common interests of the two friendly peoples and to achieve mutual bene?ts, especially as the State of Qatar undertakes great importance to the Republic of the Philippines, at highest levels, and seeks to develop and strengthen its relations with the Philippines, as the two countries seek to open their markets to companies and ?nance houses involved in investment in many areas. Although trade and economic cooperation between the State of Qatar and the Republic of the Philippines has been small and narrow in the past period, the State of Qatar is now open to the development of relations between the two countries, and opening new horizons for economic and trade cooperation between the two countries.
The rapprochement between the two sides during the past year has contributed to the openness of investment and increased opportunities for trade exchange between the two countries, as well as increase the of?cial mutual visits of of?cials from the public and private sectors of both countries, which helped to strengthen these relations through the conclusion of a large number of agreements and memorandums of understanding, it has had a positive and direct impact on improving, increasing and strengthening relations between the two countries.
The Government of the State of Qatar is looking forward to increasing its bilateral cooperation with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, especially under the presidency of His Excellency President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, whose Government operates according to deliberate and balanced strategies, and his Government has friendly relations with all countries of the world, especially the countries of the Middle East and the Gulf.