Ambassador of Qatar to Germany Stresses Great Importance of HH the Amir's Visit in Strengthening the Partnership Between Two Countries
20 May 2022

Ambassador of Qatar to Germany Stresses Great Importance of HH the Amir's Visit in Strengthening the Partnership Between Two Countries

Berlin, May 20 (QNA) - HE Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Federal Republic of Germany Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Thani stressed the great importance of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani's visit to Germany to strengthen the partnership between the two countries in various fields and discuss issues of common interest. In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA), His Excellency said that His Highness' visit to Germany will strengthen relations between the two countries and push them to broader levels to serve the interests of the two friendly countries. The visit comes at a critical time at the regional and international levels, and is of particular importance to the Qatari-German joint efforts in resolving disputes by peaceful means and maintaining international peace and security. His Excellency added that the visit reflects the extent of the strong and sustainable partnership between the State of Qatar and the Federal Republic of Germany and shows how keen the leaderships of the two countries are to enhance these ties to higher levels in various political, economic, investment, scientific and cultural fields. His Excellency explained that during his recent meetings with German officials, he noticed the interest of the political circles in Germany in His Highness' visit to Berlin. His Excellency considered the importance of the visit is the fact that Qatar has become an important player at the international and regional levels, especially after its great role in Afghanistan on the political and humanitarian fronts. HE the Ambassador said that HH the Amir's visit will cover the energy field, given the recent developments taking place in Europe, represented in the major military escalation between Russia and Ukraine. Berlin wants Qatar to play an important role in meeting its gas needs during the coming period. His Excellency said that Qatar is an important partner for Germany, not only in the energy field and the Afghan crisis but in other fields too. Germans will remember a lot about the role of Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the state during COVID-19, which evacuated more than 70,000 Germans during that crisis, and evacuated German nationals in Afghanistan, which gained great media coverage in the country. His Excellency referred to the important recent visit of German Vice-Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Economy and Climate Robert Habeck to Doha and the excellent impressions he got from Qatar in terms of the country's development. His Excellency considered that Germany was very late in transitioning to gas despite the previous serious attempts. Germany is currently looking at the plan to increase Qatari gas production and seeks to have a share in this field for a long time, expressing his belief that the visit of HH the Amir may witness a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to make a permanent agreement in the gas field, His Excellency noted. Regarding the cultural relations between Qatar and Germany, His Excellency explained that after the Qatari-German Cultural Year in 2017, and the accompanying great cultural momentum for the relations between the two countries, the inauguration of the Qatari Cultural House in Berlin came under the name "Diwan Al Arab" to increase the momentum of those relations, but, the COVID-19 pandemic that engulfed the world during the past two years affected this field. The current period is witnessing a new beginning for the resumption of various cultural activities, His Excellency added. During his interview with QNA, HE Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Federal Republic of Germany revealed an agreement with the University of Darmstadt, one of the oldest German universities, to open a branch in Doha, in addition to the Goethe Institute, which is the most important German language institute, to open a branch in Doha. Additionally, many large projects are being prepared in the field of cultural relations between the two countries. His Excellency also revealed that the Cultural House organized many events before the start of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, such as the "Fan Zone" events on the sidelines of the tournament, the revival of the Cultural House from the World Cup gate, and the arrangement of the World Cup's mascot "Laeeb" at the top the embassy building and the Cultural House until the end of the World Cup as a meeting place for the German people to remind them of the most important world championship in football hosted by the State of Qatar. (QNA)