FM highlights strength of Qatari-Spanish relations

      Published on Saturday, 13 February , 2021      483 Views     
FM highlights strength of Qatari-Spanish relations

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani affirmed that bilateral relations between the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Spain are distinguished,

adding that the two countries are looking forward to strengthen and develop these relations in the future in various fields.

During the joint press conference held yesterday with Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain, Arancha Gonzalez Laya; Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani pointed out that the current visit of the Spanish Minister to Doha comes in the framework of the distinguished relations between the two countries, affirming that they are strong and historic relations.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister added that the meetings and talks held between the Spanish Minister,

Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and officials in the country dealt with the bilateral relations between in the economic side and in terms of cooperation in the developmental fields as well as the different regional issues of joint interest.

Regarding the Qatari-Spanish relations in the investment field, he pointed out that Qatar has investments in Spain, explaining that Qatar seeks to increase its contributions and investments in Spain, and the latter, in turn, is looking to increase its investments in Qatar, expressing, in this context, his thanks to Spain for its support and contribution to the World Cup 2022 projects in Qatar.

He expressed Qatar’s aspiration to strengthen its cooperation with Spain in the future, adding that the two sides exchanged views on various regional issues. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs hailed the Spain’s role in various regional issues, especially the Palestinian issue, and Spain’s firm stance on the two-state solution, adding that the two sides discussed various issues, related to developments in the GCC, the Iranian nuclear agreement and other issues such as Afghanistan, Libya, and Lebanon.

He praised discussed that the agreements signed today in the cultural and sports fields, adding that he looked forward to continue consultations and cooperation between the State of Qatar and Spain and that these visits will lead to fruitful results for both countries. He affirmed Qatar’s confidence in the durability of the Spanish economy, pointing out that the economic partnerships between the two countries which Qatar is seeking to develop after the end of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed that the two sides are working to exploit the investment opportunities available to both sides. He praised Spanish companies operating in Qatar, affirming that this partnership is welcomed and appreciated by Qatar.

Responding to a question on the two phone calls the Deputy Prime Minister received from US Special Representative for Iran and the US National Security Advisor and the role Qatar can play in the region given its ties with Tehran and whether lines of communication were open between the two sides, he said that communication, whether with the American side or the Iranian side were ongoing.

He added that this was normal given Iran is a neighbour of Qatar and anything that would happen in the region would directly impact Qatar. He said that the US for its part is a strategic ally of Qatar, noting that it was important to avoid escalations in the region. He said that the two calls were regarding consultations on Iran and other issues, stressing that Qatar is working on de-escalation through a political and diplomatic process to return to the nuclear agreement.

He said that these efforts were part of a wider international one carried by all countries and not just Qatar.  Qatar was more than ready to contribute to regaining stability in the region if any of the involved parties request so, noting that Qatar is continuing its effort in that regard given its importance to the country, he added.

For her part, Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs said that her visit to Qatar was the first since she assumed her position, praising the distinguished bilateral ties, and noted that the two sides want to build on it to overcome the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

She expressed her hope that this year will be the end of the pandemic so that life can go back to normal as soon as possible, noting that this was one of the topics she discussed in Doha yesterday.

She touched on an agreement signed between the two sides in the culture and sports field to enhance that type of activity between the two countries. She said that Spain wants to be a main part of World Cup 2022 in Qatar, adding that Spain has high expectations for its participation in the global sporting event.

She noted that the agreements signed yesterday will boost bilateral partnerships, particularly after the coronavirus pandemic. She said that the two sides signed an agreement to expand cultural partnerships and promote Qatari history and culture, stressing that the Kingdom of Spain supports Qatar’s efforts in hosting the World Cup 2022.

Category Government | 2021/02/13 latest update at 6:00 PM
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