Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani emphasized the importance of setting a specific date for the writing of a new Syrian constitution in order to move the country to the second phase, in which elections will be held in accordance with the new constitution, according to Qatar’s state news agency (QNA) on Monday.
The Qatari official made the remark during the Ministerial Meeting of Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Rome. The Gulf state also reaffirmed its support for international and UN efforts to find a political solution in the war-torn country.
The Qatari Foreign Minister also urged for stronger international action to end Syria’s ten-year-long civil war.
During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed met with numerous top officials to examine prospects and actions that could lead to a resolution of the current crisis in compliance with Security Council Resolution 2254.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was one of the officials he met, with whom he discussed the Syrian situation, Afghanistan, and the current developments in Libya.
“Great to meet with Secretary Blinken on the sideline of the Coalition Ministerial meeting in Rome. We discussed Qatar-US strategic relations and joint cooperation to advance regional security and stability,” Sheikh Mohammed stated in a tweet.
Sheikh Mohammed also emphasized the need of reducing the intensity of the war, achieving a durable truce, and combating terrorism, as well as the critical need for humanitarian help to be delivered to all areas of Syria.
Since the re-election of Bashar Al-Assad in a controversial election last month, Qatar has reiterated its refusal to normalize relations with the regime and to enable it to rejoin the Arab League.