Posted on February 01, 2012

As part of an official visit to Qatar, deposed Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya visited Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF). Ms. Haya Khalifa Al-Nassr, QF’s Communication Director, greeted him at Visitors Centre.

Mr. Haniya attended a presentation outlining QF’s vision and mission, followed by an explanation of the social projects, as well as the scientific research programs, that QF is undertaking. He also viewed a scale model of the QF site, displaying current and future construction projects.

Following the presentation, Mr. Haniya expressed his endorsement of QF’s mission to assist the nation on its journey towards a knowledge-based economy, stating, “The greatest investment is the investment in humanity and Qatar Foundation, with its determined efforts in this field, is leading the state of Qatar towards progress and development, to become an exemplary state on a global level.”

Mr. Haniya suggested that QF can play a key role in supporting education initiatives in Palestine, saying, “We look forward to collaborating with Qatar Foundation in various forms of effective support to the development of the education sector in Palestine.”He added, “Qatar Foundation has huge potential, and we need to benefit from it to combat the consequences of Israel’s war, which destroyed the education infrastructure in Palestine.”

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Mr. Haniya also expressed his appreciation for the assistance of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, in spearheading the “Al Fakhoora“ campaign, an international project set up to provide assistance to Gaza’s beleaguered education system.

At the conclusion of Mr. Haniya’s visit to QF, he received a collection of antique Quranic manuscripts, and in return presented Ms. Al-Nassr with a memorial shield featuring the Dome of the Rock mosque.

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