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Cabinet discusses law defining biological weapons, regulations



THE Cabinet at its weekly meeting held at Emiri Diwan on Wednesday discussed the necessary steps to issue a draft law defining biological weapons and explaining regulations concerning it following a briefing on the recommendations of the Advisory Council in this regard.

The Prime Minister HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani chaired the Cabinet meeting.

The law defines biological and toxin weapons as microbial, biological or toxin elements used in quantities which cannot be justified by preventive or other protective or peaceful purposes, whatever their origin or method.

The draft law also includes other weapons, equipment or means of delivery designed to use microbial or biological or toxins elements for hostile purposes or in armed conflicts.

Under the provisions of the draft law any natural or legal person is prohibited from developing, producing, storing, importing, exporting or re-exported, shipping (transit), or getting in any way or possessing any biological or toxin weapon.

The draft law also prohibits retaining biological or toxin weapon for oneself or for others, possessing or transferring it directly or indirectly to any place within or outside the country, converting any biological agent or toxins to a biological weapon, building, owning or managing a facility for the production of such weapons or their acquisition or retention of any equipment designed for the production of these weapons or their means of delivery and use.

The law further prohibits the use of weapons or any attempted use or release of biological agents or toxins in order to harm living organisms or terrify people.

The Cabinet then approved a draft law amending some provisions of the traffic law issued by decree Law No 19 of 2007.

It also approved two draft decisions by the Minister of Culture and Sports on the adoption of a contract model for setting up sport clubs, along with the adoption of guiding statute for sports clubs.

The Ministry of Culture and Sports has prepared two draft decisions within its efforts to complete necessary resolutions to give effect to the provisions of Law No 1 of 2016 organising sports clubs.

Besides, the Cabinet approved a draft decree for ratification of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank agreement, signed in Beijing on June 29, 2015.

The Cabinet also approved a draft air services agreement between the governments of Qatar and Namibia, and a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the oversight field between Qatar audit bureau and Turkish Court of Accounts.

The Cabinet further reviewed a draft law on the Qatar audit bureau, and the sixth annual report of the Qatar Committee for Alliance of Civilizations for 2015.

At the outset of the meeting, the Cabinet praised the outcomes of the GCC-Moroccan Summit held in Riyadh last week with the participation of HH the Emir.

The Cabinet also praised the outcomes of the US-GCC Summit held in Riyadh with the participation of HH the Emir, lauding the positive results that would advance and promote the existing cooperation and bilateral understanding to serve the common interests and maintain peace and security in the region.


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