Ukrainian president makes surprise appearance at Doha Forum

“Similarly, there are many other people, like the Syrian people and the Afghan people, for whom the international community has failed to provide justice.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It was Saturday, the Jewish day of rest, when government offices are closed.

However, Israel and Qatar have discussed reducing tensions in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Qatar, which supports Islamist groups across the region, stepped in to provide humanitarian aid, including suitcases full of cash sent to Gaza courtesy of Israel.

Qatar’s support for Islamists saw it become the target of a year-long boycott by four Arab nations Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates during President Donald Trump’s tenure.

This boycott ended just before President Joe Biden took office in 2021.

US Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina present for the forum, hailed the event for bringing together top diplomats from Saudi Arabia and Qatar on a stage, a sign that the embargo has been lifted.

However, he noted what he described as Saudi and Emirati reluctance to condemn Russia for its war on Ukraine.

He said he hoped the Russian people would rise up against Vladimir Putin and have regime change as they have a very dead future with the current situation.

What you’ve seen on your televisions, like all of us, are war crimes on an industrial scale, Graham said.

The question for the world is: can this be forgiven? Can we be the world we want to be and let Putin get away with it? The answer for me is no.

Melvin B. Baillie