His Highness the Amir Delivers a Speech at the 78th United Nations General Assembly

19 September 2023

His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of the State of Qatar, participated in the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and delivered a speech during the opening session, in which he addressed several key regional and international issues.

His Highness began his speech by offering condolences to his brother, His Majesty King Mohammed VI and to the brotherly Moroccan people for the victims of the devastating earthquake. His Highness also extended his condolences to the government and people of the brotherly state of Libya for the victims of the floods.

His Highness commented on the Palestinian issue, saying, “It is not acceptable for the Palestinian people to remain prisoners of the Israeli settler-occupation arbitrariness, and the rejection of any just political solution in accordance with the principles of international legitimacy by successive Israeli governments.”

His Highness also spoke about the rapid technical development and the growing reliance on it, suggesting that it opens up unprecedented prospects for humanity to develop for the better and emphasising that “science and technology are crucial for increasing productivity and improving human life quality.”

His Highness spoke about hosting the 2024 Web Summit in Doha, stressing that it will be an important opportunity to review development in the field of technology and create new cooperation opportunities in the realm of technology for the benefit of all humanity. This is an occasion to welcome everyone to Doha.

Regarding the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, His Highness said it was “an opportunity for interaction between peoples, and for the world to see our people as they are… I hope that we have contributed, through this tournament, to breaking the stereotypes, and presented a new exciting and safe tournament formula to the world.”

As for the recurring insults to the Holy Quran, His Highness pinpointed the necessity for combating racism and campaigns of incitement against entire peoples, religions, and civilizations.

His Highness concluded his speech by urging world leaders to “empower their people with the means to live in peace and security and to look forward to a better future for their posterity.”