HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, chairman of the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development, took part in the 17th Italian Energy Summit, held in the Italian city of Milan on Monday and Tuesday under the slogan: “New Innovation Strategy”. The summit’s opening session was attended by Qatar’s ambassador to Italy Abdulaziz bin Ahmed al-Malki al-Juhani, Qatar’s consul general in Milan Fahad bin Ibrahim al-Mushiri and a number of chief executives of major Italian companies. Al-Attiyah took part in the high-level discussion panel, allocated for leading international figures in the field of energy industry.
Al-Attiyah is regarded as a leading international figure in the energy and sustainability affairs as well as on the director board of international bodies concerned with energy affairs and international co-operation. Addressing the summit, al-Attiyah confirmed that the State of Qatar has adopted the method of clean energy production through its international leadership of the production of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), which is regarded as the least source of carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 50%. This will pave the way for Qatar towards a most prosperous future with clean energy. In this context, al-Attiyah explained that Qatar started its energy march since a long time and at a low cost, referring to the economic power and the international status the state enjoys in the LNG production.
Concluding his speech, al-Attiyah referred to the humanitarian effects of the ongoing blockade against Qatar. “The siege severed relations between relatives, for example a mother carrying the nationality of a besieging country would not be able to remain with her Qatari husband and children and a Qatari man would not be able to visit his relatives in the besieging states. “The effect of the siege also extended to students as the besieging countries forced Qatari students enrolled in their states to leave immediately without taking into account the period they already spent. “A number of students from the siege countries and studying in Qatar were also forced to leave the country upon decisions by their states,” al-Attiyah added.