HE Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Russian Federation Sheikh Ahmed bin Nasser Al-Thani, stated that HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani gave lofty directions, during St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, to raise the level of trade partnership between the State of Qatar and the Russian Federation, and to strengthen the distinguished relations between the two countries.

In an interview with Sputnik, His Excellency considered Russia as a strategic and important partner for the State of Qatar. His Excellency said that there is comprehensive cooperation between the two countries in all fields, stressing that the St. Petersburg Forum will give a strong impetus to strengthening the partnership and doubling the level of trade exchange between the two countries.

His Excellency noted that more than 60 joint cooperation agreements were signed during the Forum between government institutions and the private sector from the State of Qatar with similar Russian institutions and companies.

His Excellency added that the two countries aspire to raise the level of trade exchange to a higher level compared to what exists because the two countries have great economic potentials, rich experiences and diverse opportunities for cooperation.

His Excellency pointed out that the Qatari investments in the Russian market amounted to about USD13.5 billion, which is the largest invested in Russia, as it is concentrated in the energy sector, construction, trade and other fields.

His Excellency stated that there are tendencies in the two countries to expand the economic partnership, and some of them will be announced after the forum, and there is a large amount of investments between Qatar and Russia, noting that the presence of the State of Qatar as a guest of honor at the Forum gave an impetus to intensify trade exchange and investments.

His Excellency explained that everyone knows that Russia has a strong economy, and a country with reliable partnerships. His Excellency stressed Qatar's readiness for cooperation and partnership with Russia, adding that there are many major agreements that will be concluded in the coming period between the two countries.

His Excellency spoke about the prospects of Qatar's acquisition of a part of Vnukovo Airport in Moscow and the Qatari investments in the infrastructure of the aviation sector in Russia, stating that the agreements between the State of Qatar and Russia in this field are almost complete, and thanks to the impetus given by the Forum, these agreements will be ready and complete.

HE the Ambassador added that the State of Qatar has distinguished relations with the Russian side in trade, economy and culture, not only with Moscow, but with its regions as well, stressing his participation in Kazan economic summit, which will be held at the end of June 2021.

HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Nasser Al-Thani, also touched on the current situation as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, and cooperation in the health field, pointing out that there is cooperation in the health and medical field with Russia, including the field of vaccines.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affair