Qatar among the world’s safest countries
HE the Director General of Public Security Staff Major General Saad bin Jassim al-Khulaifi said Qatar holds a high ranking on the list of safest countries in the world and its successful development is a reflection to the stability, safety and peace in the state, despite all challenges and crises in the region.
In an interview with Qatar News Agency (QNA), HE al-Khulaifi touched on many topics related to the Ministry of Interior’s efforts and its success in security and services as well as its preparations for the future including securing the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
He said the factors of success and growth seen in the country are a normal reflection for the success in security, amidst the crises and terrorist attacks taking place in the region. This is an indication to the strength of the security structure in Qatar which has been confirmed by the international indicators which is completely neutral, where the state has assumed an advanced position among the countries of the world, he said.
HE al-Khulaifi said these successes come despite the unjust siege imposed on the state, where Qatar has struck a great example for resilience facing regional and global challenges with tact and professionalism and continued to move towards achieving goals with determination. The wise directives of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani followed up by HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani has made Qatar in the region’s lead for peace, safety and stability.
HE al-Khulaifi said in 2016 and 2017, Qatar ranked first among the GCC and Arab countries and the 30th out of 163 countries in the Global Peace Index. This is due to the low crime rates especially those of murder and violence, the low number of prisoners, the absence of terrorism and the stability of the political situation, he added.
The Director General of Public Security said Qatar ranked first globally between 2014 and 2017 in the business costs of crime and violence index of the Global Competitiveness Report. In addition, it was ranked sixth in combating organised crime, ninth in public confidence index in services provided to the public, he said.
HE al-Khulaifi said these rankings indicate the amount of efforts exerted in maintaining peace and security on a local and external scale and refutes the suspicions, allegations and fabrications that the siege have to prove which is that Qatar supports terrorism.
He said in light of these achievements, Qatar was able counter all malicious attempts by the siege countries to undermine their security and deprive its decision and sovereignty and make it dependent through false claims, according to the global community.
He said the siege countries sought to distort Qatar’s image through terrorism and destabilise the region. They also tried to weaken the state whether through an economic siege or other tactics but they failed greatly and Qatar remained strong in its security, economy, sovereignty, diplomacy and international presence, he said.
He highlighted Qatar’s clear and firm stance since the beginning of the crises, which is that dialogue is the only way to resolve the issue, provided that the country’s sovereignty or interference in its internal affairs is not affected.
HE al-Khulaifi expressed his thanks and gratitude to the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah for the efforts made to resolve the crisis. He also praised the role of all the brotherly and friendly countries that supported Kuwait’s mediation to resolve it, reiterating that the solution will only come through dialogue.
HE the Director General of Public Security praised the state’s success in managing the crisis and overcoming it with tact and great wisdom. He added that with great planning, the state was able to face the challenges of the siege, leading to its failure, by strengthening the internal front, boosting national potential, continuing the implementation of development and production increase projects, which proves that Qatar was able to overcome the repercussions of the siege.
In response to a question on the Ministry of Interior’s most important achievements in the security and service fields in the light of its past strategy (2011-2016), HE al-Khulaifi confirmed that the ministry has made clear and tangible achievements during the past period, through the implementation of the strategies on the ground, in accordance with the development and modernisation plans based on the provision of human and material capabilities and the provision of equipment and devices, considering the importance of excellence and leadership in the security and service.
HE al-Khulaifi said that the Ministry of Interior applies the highest international standards of community safety and security, in order to preserve lives and properties, in line with the global indicators for measuring the state of peace and security in the world.
HE al-Khulaifi said that Qatar has a comprehensive vision for fighting terrorism, organised crime and drugs, adding that Doha’s efforts to achieve international peace and security have become clear and visible to the whole world.
About the most sensitive security systems, he said that the Ministry of Interior has an electronic security system equipped with advanced appliances and trained qualified personnel to protect all state institutions in light of the many hacking attempts, in addition to combating cyber crime, stressing the importance of this system and its role in protecting and securing the World Cup in Qatar 2022.
He pointed out that all these systems, strategies and committees have enabled the Ministry of Interior to achieve various successes and maintain Qatar’s status in the list of the safest countries in the world.