Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani called for “a political solution that achieves justice for the Syrian people who have experienced the worst because they dared to aspire to freedom and justice.”
“The Syrian regime has displaced its people and changed its demographic structure instead of changing itself,” Al Thani said at the opening of the 17th Doha Forum on Sunday.
The forum, held under the theme “Development, Stability and Refugee Crisis,” was attended by around 600 personalities from around the world, including leaders and heads of states and governments.
“Millions of refugees have fled their countries to escape oppression, persecution and natural disasters in search of a better life,” the emir said.
An increase in the number of conflicts has led to the displacement of millions worldwide, which means millions of stories of suffering that cannot be measured quantitatively, the emir said. This increases the international community’s responsibility to find just, sustainable solutions to these conflicts, he added.
Al Thani cited the displacement of about 10 million Syrians, half of the population of Syria, within and beyond Syria’s borders.
“People have resorted to other regions or countries to protect their children from indiscriminate bombing, collective punishment, the brutality of forces and allied militias, and the repressive behavior of extremist movements that have imposed themselves on the just Syrian people’s revolution,” Al Thani said. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)