Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani received a warm welcome upon his landing in Russia, said Ambassador of Qatar to Russia, Fahad bin Mohammed Al Attiyah.
“It is the first visit of a leader to Moscow after the victory of Russian President Vladimir Putin for a new presidential term. The visit also emphasizes the strength of Qatari-Russian relations,” the Ambassador said.
He also explained that it presents an opportunity to both leaders to exchange views and ideas on various crises and regional issues “especially the Palestinian and the Syrian issue” and the ongoing war in Yemen and all areas of conflict in the Middle East.
“There are aspirations from both countries to increase investment and trade and economic cooperation,” he said, adding that Qatar has all the infrastructure to enable Russian products to reach Doha through the country’s ports and airports with ease.
The ambassador also said that there is great ambition to consolidate the ties between the two countries. It was also informed that emir’s visit will be followed by many meetings between businessmen from both nations.
“Moreover, many administrative and legal procedures will be overcome in order to facilitate the movement of bilateral trade between the two countries by this visit of H H the Emir.”
On the Russian experience of organising mega sports events especially that Russia is set to organize, World Cup 2018, Al Attiyah said that countries share their experiences. “We are in contact with officials in Moscow. A Qatari team will be present before the start of the World Cup 2018 to exchange experiences. This is a natural cooperation between the countries in hosting such events.”
The Ambassador noted that in 2018, the Qatari-Russian Year of Culture, economic agreements, trade deals and mutual investments between the two countries will develop further.
Meanwhile, Russia’s ambassador to Qatar Nurmakhamad Kholov confirmed yesterday that his country is a trusted partner to the State of Qatar, both in terms of bilateral and international cooperation.
The ambassador said that there is a close interaction between the organizing committees Russia-2018 and Qatar-2022 World Cups.
“We are pleased with the fruitful cooperation with our Qatari partners through national football unions, sharing our experience in the field of ensuring the safety of sport events, as well as in the training of athletes and the development of sport medicine,” the ambassador said.
He said there is constant communication between the leaders of both states and foreign and defense ministries, as well as the work of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation. “This reflects the progress in various fields adding, the standing partnership between both parties are on the right track.”