President Tebboune's visit to Qatar: Deepening bilateral cooperation

APS - 20 February 2022

ALGIERS- President of the Republic's State visit, as of Saturday, to Qatar constitutes an opportunity to strengthen the fraternal relations between the two countries, deepen the bilateral cooperation and continue the coordination and consultation on Arab and regional issues of common interest.

This two-day visit, which comes at the invitation of Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, is "part of the strengthening of the fraternal relations between the two brotherly peoples and the promotion of the bilateral cooperation, in line with the strong and age-old relations between the two peoples and the leaders of the two countries," the Presidency of the Republic said in a statement.

President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune will also participate in the 6th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) that will be held in Doha.

President Tebboune and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani met in February 2020, as part of an official visit paid by Sheikh Tamim to Algeria.

During this visit, the two sides welcomed the "positive" development of relations between the two countries and agreed to "broaden the fields of cooperation, so as to exploit the two countries' capacities."

The Algerian-Qatari relations are experiencing a momentum reflected in the exchange of visits between the officials of the two countries. The last visit was paid in mid-January to Qatar by Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad Ramtane Lamamra, in his capacity as personal envoy of President of the Republic.

During this visit, Lamamra was received, in Doha, by Emir of Qatar who was handed a message from President Tebboune.

During this meeting, The two sides broached the bilateral relations as well as the promising prospects for the development of the bilateral cooperation, notably in trade, economy and investment, in accordance with the instructions of the two countries' leaders, considering their concern to consolidate the ties of solidarity and cooperation and to strengthen the joint action and coordination, in the service of the issues affecting the Arab nation, notably the Palestinian cause.

In this regard, the two sides pointed out the importance of promoting the joint Arab action as part of the preparations for the next important events, notably the Arab Summit that will be held this year in Algeria, as well as the necessity of seizing this opportunity to make a qualitative leap able to make the joint Arab action more efficient and more credible and to strengthen its mechanisms for the settlement of the crises and conflicts in the Arab region.

In addition to politics and diplomacy, Algeria and Qatar agreed to make a qualitative leap in the economic and commercial cooperation, as it was decided during the first meeting of the Algerian-Qatari Joint Business Council, held in April by video conference.

During this Council, Minister of Trade Kamel Rezig and Qatari Minister of Trade and Industry Ali Ahmed Al Kuwari agreed to "boost the economic and commercial cooperation between the two countries by encouraging the partnership and investment."

Rezig affirmed that this meeting "will establish new partnerships between the two countries and will open broad prospects for the revival of projects of common interest to meet the needs and aspirations of the two countries' economic operators."

For his part, Al Kuwari called to encourage investments between Algeria and Qatar and to expand partnerships in key sectors like industry, trade, food industries, manufacturing industries, tourism, services, renewable Energy and others.